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Slumping Crawford gets the day off

Posted on: April 16, 2011 1:32 pm
Carl CrawfordBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Carl Crawford is getting a day off today against the Blue Jays.

"I think he really want to play, which we like," Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters, including the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham on Saturday. "But I think it will do him more good to take a little bit of a breath this morning and just let things slow down for him. There's no doubt in anybody's mind, this guy is going to be everything everybody thinks. He's too good. He's going through a really tough time."

Crawford is hitting just .137/.185/.157 in his first 12 games of his seven-year, $142 million contract.

Crawford said he understands that he's probably trying too har dand putting too much pressure on himself, which is leading him to being anxious at the plate.

"You look up there and you see that 1-something average," Crawford said. "You try and get it all in one at-bat," Crawford said. "I've got to take it one at-bat at a time, take it one pitch at a time and go from there."

Francona had wanted to wait until Monday to give Crawford the day off, but with a left-hander on the mound for the Jays (Jo-Jo Reyes), he chose to sit him on Saturday.

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Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: April 17, 2011 12:30 pm

Slumping Crawford gets the day off

Do you sell mechanic memorabilia with your name on it at work during your days off?

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: April 17, 2011 10:28 am

Slumping Crawford gets the day off

Too many LH Batters; should have let the Angels sign 'em.

Crawford is good; but not in Boston.

What's worse is the talent & depth was already available. Lowrie, Nava, Kalish, these young guys can provide the spark needed.  That's why the effort was put into the farm system; use it.

Since: Apr 20, 2008
Posted on: April 17, 2011 5:13 am

Slumping Crawford gets the day off

In no way does this equate to Barry Zito. It has only been 13 games. A lot of players, alot of good players,will go through the same type od stretch during the season. We all know what Crawford can do. Afew years ago,fans were ready to run Dustin Pedroia out of town and Terry Francona,also,for sticking with him. Then what happened. In Pedroia's own words it was a laser show. Get ready for the Crawford laser show.

Since: Jul 11, 2009
Posted on: April 17, 2011 1:02 am

Slumping Crawford gets the day off

@lumpoco: Ummm. Think about this one for a second. Crawford DOES get paid EXACTLY the same way as quite a few 'average american workers.' Crawford gets paid a salary, not an hourly wage, just like my friend who is a youth minister at a local church. My friend gets a certain amount of money each month no matter if he decides to go to his office on a particular day or not. THE EXACT SAME THING IS TRUE FOR CRAWFORD. The only two differences are #1) Crawford gets paid more #2) Crawford doesn't decide when he is going to work most of the time. Crawford wanted to play today, his manager said no. 
And you're right, no work does normally equal no pay for any worker, so its a good thing Crawford has always earned his contract/salary. In fact, since he has come to the majors, he has played in over 90% of possible games, which is great considering that each baseball season is 162 games long and the toll on the body can run its course. And throw into the mix that most of the games he's missed are when he is hurt (which actually means the same thing it does for the average american worker, if you're sick or injured to the extent you can't perform your duties, you don't work, and if you get hurt while working, you get worker's comp, something I don't think Crawford gets).  

Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: April 17, 2011 12:47 am

Slumping Crawford gets the day off

Two words: Barry Zito

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2011 10:43 pm

Slumping Crawford gets the day off


Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 3:13 pm

Slumping Crawford gets the day off

If Crawford gets the day off does that mean that he also does not get paid. No work = no pay for the average American worker so why should it be any different for overpaid athletes?

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