Carl Crawford was the face of the franchise for the Rays for nine long years. He was a fan favorite in Tampa Bay, with his ridiculous speed, acrobatic catches, and clutch hits. The inevitable transfer came during the offseason this year, when Crawford was signed by Boston for a mammoth $ 142 million contract through 7 years. Crawford did a lot to prove that a 30-year old ballplayer could be signed for a gigantic contract like that, by having a tremendous 2010 season. Things were looking up for CC until the season actually started. Crawford started horrendous in the first two months, and still has disappointed Red Sox Nation hitting .259 in late September with a very low stolen base total. Crawford was aware of the poor season more than anyone, and recently started an 'apologetic diary' to Red Sox Nation. Something tells me that the $142 million contract had a little bit to do with his idea to start a diary.
The diary, which is written at ESPNboston.com, basically states 'Sorry for the year I've had'. But when Carl tried to elaborate, things didn't exactly go as planned. From a reader's standpoint, it seemed as if he was attacking Rays fans while praising Boston fans. Some controversial quotes included: "If Tampa makes a miracle comeback and takes the wild card from us, I will be devastated. I definitely wouldn't want to lose to those guys and watch them get into the playoffs while we go home. That would just be devastating to me." Really? It's devastating when the team that made you who you are succeeds, but when the Angels or Yankees beat you it's fine? That wasn't all though. Crawford also called out Rays fans: "It was a bunch of haters in left field, pretty much." But Crawford also had some words for the Red Sox fans who apparently never do any 'heckling': "You guys have been really supportive and I appreciate that." Tell me this guy isn't the MVP suck-up of the year. Just the fact that Crawford decided to make an 'apologetic diary' makes him suck-up. When Crawford said "I just want to say I'm sorry for the year I've had", I don't think that's 'just' what he had to say.
The truth is that the only way he is going to win over Red Sox Nation is by playing better. Sucking-up just doesn't work in Boston. Unfortunately, it looks as CC has tarnished his reputation in Tampa. He may have got the filled seats and fan energy he asked for, but he won't welcome anymore in the "empty seats" of the Trop. It's just sad what money does to good people.