In case you missed it, there is a video on the Dodgers site of Carl Crawford talking to the media. The video is here:
I have a few quick observations:
- Carl is a stand up guy – he made no excuses for what had happened in Boston – he took responsibility and is ready to move on. “If somebody wants to trade you, to get rid of you, it’s time to move on,” Crawford said of accepting the trade to the Dodgers. “Things didn’t go as planned in Boston. I’m happy for a new start. I just didn’t play well enough there, for whatever reason. It just didn’t work. I didn’t do my part.” I like that a lot!
- His left wrist is going to be a big issue the rest of his career. I doubt that he can play more than 140-150 games. Steve Dilbeck of The LA Times wrote this:
There remains reason for concern. Crawford said wrist pain still flares up from hitting.
“The wrist is OK, it’s just one of those things that flares up from time to time,” he said. “It’s just something I’m probably going to have to watch for the rest of my career.”
The sore wrist and elbow might tempt the Dodgers to give him regular rest this season, particularly given their fondness for right-hander Jerry Hairston Jr. However, Crawford has designs on being a regular.
- Crawford looks to be 20-30 pounds heavy, just like I have been saying. Look at his belly and face and then look at it in the video at the end from Boston. He’s overweight, but I guess it’s understandable with the surgery.
- I still have serious reservations whether he can be an impact player for the Dodgers. I hope that he can, but I am not overly optimistic.