The Latest from the Carl Crawford Vineyard

When the news of Carl Crawford‘s latest whine reached our shores, I received an email from a member of the Beacon St. Tavern Baseball Gang with the subject: “And what kind of cheese would you like with that?”

In (another) great piece by Danny Knobler of, Crawford expressed how anxious he is to be ready for Opening Day with the Dodgers.

“I want to be there bad,” Crawford said yesterday morning. “There are obvious reasons I want to be there.”

Knobler writes, “Obvious reasons, like putting the worst two years of his career behind him. Obvious reasons, like finally feeling like he can put Boston — and the Boston media — behind him.”

Crawford continued:

  • “It just wasn’t the right place for me at the end of my day. I didn’t do my homework. Maybe they didn’t, either.
  • “At the end of the day, it just wasn’t the place for me.”
  • “Burying people in the media, they think that makes a person play better. That media was the worst thing I’ve ever experienced in my life.”
  • “They love it when you’re miserable”
  • “I get it, I didn’t perform. I got the money. I didn’t perform. I gave them every reason.”
  • “I took so much of a beating in Boston, I don’t think anything could bother me anymore.
  • “They can say what they want — that I’m the worst free agent ever — and it won’t get to me. But it bothered me the whole time there.
  • “Look how they treat [John] Lackey. Adrian [Gonzalez] hit 30 home runs (actually 27), and they talked about him not hitting home runs.”
  • “I believe it was the media’s fault as well, is that he was not giv[en] — being given a fair shake, that people weren’t allowed to see him for who he was.”

I’m sorry, that last quote was from Ann Romney.

I’ll take some brie with that whine.