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Posts Tagged ‘Carl Crawford’

Boston Wag Tells LA to Google ‘Josh Beckett Unapologetic’

After leading off with some snippets of rhapsodic praise for the Red Sox-Dodgers blockbuster trade from such corners as the LA Times, Magic Johnson, Ned Colletti and USA Today, sports producer Michael Hurley warns in an open letter to LA that this group has it all wrong.

The Dodgers should have found a way to get the Red Sox to shoulder more of the financial burden, he writes. Carl Crawford is a gigantic long shot. Adrian Gonzalez is no good in the clutch. And pitcher Josh Beckett (pictured), well he’s ‘just the worst. Seriously:’

Golfing between starts is no big deal for a pitcher, except for when that pitcher just missed a start because of a lat injury. He met the media after his following start (when Cleveland rocked him for about 30 runs in three innings) and refused to apologize, saying “My off day is my off day” and “We only get 18 off days a year.”

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Angels GM Visits Unhappiest Place on Earth

Over the weekend, Comcast New England sports writer Sean McAdam broke down the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that allowed the Boston Red Sox to steal away Tampa Bay free agent outfielder Carl Crawford from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

We must say, this deal now reeks to a whole new level. According to McAdam, Angels GM Tony Reagins (pictured, r with team owner Arte Moreno) thought he was all set after getting Moreno to up the team’s original $108 million offer to a Red Sox-matching total of $142 million by adding an extra year and raising Crawford’s annual salary terms. Then this happened:

Minutes later, Crawford’s agents went to deliver the bad news to Reagins, who was irate. When Reagins reminded the agents, “You told me $142 million [would get it done]!” the agents responded: “We said that’s what it would take; we didn’t say we’d [guarantee] a deal.”

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