Crawford: Seeing Rays win would be devastating, "haters" at Trop be warned
Seeing his old Rays team bump his new Red Sox team from the playoffs would be "devastating,'' Carl Crawford says in the latest edition of his ESPN.com diary, and he also has strong words for the fans at Tropicana Field fans who booed him last weekend:
On the playoff race, Crawford writes: "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.''
On the scene at the Trop: "Now that I am in a Red Sox uniform, I definitely hear the boos when I go back to Tampa, like our recent trip we made there. When I was in left field, I definitely heard heckling there. It was a bunch of haters in left field, pretty much. Hey, it's cool. I understand. The thing is, they've got to realize they've got to deal with me for another six years. I struggled this year and I'll give them this year. But I am definitely, definitely going to remember all that has happened. When I'm trying to work out and get better in the offseason, those haters will be on my mind. Just know they have another six years to deal with me."
And after signing a 7-year, $142-million deal with the Sox and hitting .255, he apologized to the Boston fans: "I just want to say I'm sorry for the year I've had. You guys have been really supportive and I appreciate that. Hopefully when we get into these playoffs, I can be the real Carl Crawford that I know I am. We'll see.''