Carl Crawford continues to not let his time in Boston go. Here he is talking to the Boston media — for about the gabillionth time — about how awful it was for him there. There is one new nugget, though. Crawford’s own utter lack of due diligence before committing to play there for seven years of his life:
“I definitely wouldn’t have went to the highest bidder. If I could have done it over again I would have gone into more detail into everything. I didn’t do any research about nothing. I didn’t know much about Boston, only when I played there. If I went into a little more depth as to what I was getting myself into things probably would have been a little different.”
He added, “Once I realized it and I had seven years I didn’t know what to do. It was just one of those things I had to sit out and wait.”
$22 million a year buys a lot of therapy via which, one would hope, one could figure out how to overcome playing baseball in an unpleasant place for a year and a half, but I guess Crawford hasn’t found the right therapist yet.
Oh well. Free agency gives a player great power. And as Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, with great power comes great responsibility. Like, the responsibility of say, Googling “what is it like to play for the Boston Red Sox.” Or picking up the phone and calling someone who might have played for the Boston Red Sox before.
Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper played some third base during Monday’s intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Harper had been pestering manager Joe Girardi for the opportunity and the skipper finally gave in.
Girardi told Harper, “No diving. And make sure your arm is loose.” Harper had the opportunity to field one ball, a grounder to his left and he made the play perfectly.
Why put Harper at third base? Girardi said, “I think it’s important the guys have fun. I saw him a week ago taking ground balls there and I was impressed. His hands worked well out front and he threw the ball across the field well. I told him, ‘You look good there.'”
Despite the solid showing, don’t expect Harper to show up at third base in a meaningful game anytime soon. That being said, the Phillies’ second and third base situations are still not cemented. Jean Segura will likely open the season at the hot corner with Scott Kingery at second, but things could change between now and Opening Day in 10 days.
Harper, 27, is coming off a solid first season with the Phillies. He hit .260/.372/.510 with 36 doubles, 35 home runs, 114 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases across 682 plate appearances. Per FanGraphs, Harper’s 4.6 Wins Above Replacement ranked 16th in the National League. For some people, those numbers weren’t nearly good enough, so the expectations remain high as Harper enters year two of his 13-year, $330 million contract.