Crawford "creeped out" by Red Sox investigation
There's a good case to be made that Carl Crawford's bigger adjustments to playing in Boston will be with the scrutiny of the fans and the media. Also, apparently, from his new employers, the Red Sox.
Crawford told ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes he was "creeped out" when he found out the Sox had not only scouted him extenisvely during his final four months with the Rays, but also monitored him off the field, in the words of GM Theo Epstein, as if they were "privately investigating" him.
Crawford's comments made it sound like there could be a lingering effect.
"I'm from an area where if somebody's doing that to you, they're not doing anything good,'' he said. "I get paranoid when I hear those kind of stories, so I definitely take a different approach when I do things now. It did have an effect on me, let me put it that way."
Also, Crawford said: "I definitely look over my shoulder now a lot more than what I did before. Just when he told me that, the idea of him following me everywhere I go, was kind of, I wasn't comfortable with that at all.
"I don't know how they do it, how much distance they keep from you when they watch you the whole time. I definitely check my back now, at least 100 yard radius. I'm always looking over my shoulder now. Now I look before I go in my house. I'd better not see anything suspicious now.''