Carl Crawford on Boston: ‘I carried hate for that city for a long time’

Carl Crawford shown flashing a rare smile during his short stint with the Red Sox.
Jim Davis/Globe Staff/file 2011
Carl Crawford shown flashing a rare smile during his short stint with the Red Sox.

What’s Carl Crawford up to these days? Not much.

The onetime Red Sox left fielder isn’t playing baseball anymore, but he’s still receiving fat checks from the LA Dodgers, the team that (inexplicably) traded for Crawford in 2012, taking on the ludicrous seven-year, $142 million contract the Red Sox had given him.

The Bleacher Report caught up with Crawford in Houston — it wasn’t too hard because he’s just hanging around his house — and discovered that the four-time All-Star is totally cool with getting paid for not playing.


“I’d really like to get it on record: Everybody thinks I’m sad and lonely, and it’s just not the case. It’s not the case at all,” says Crawford, who was released by the Dodgers last season when he was hitting .185. “I did my best. I got rewarded for it. I’m at my crib. I did everything I could. So you come home and enjoy your life. People never see me, so they take that as, ‘Oh, he’s so depressed and lonely.’ No. I’m in the comfort of my own home, and I’m not worried about the outside. Trust me, I’m not depressed at all.”

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He also doesn’t harbor any ill will toward Boston or its fans. But it wasn’t always that way.

“I carried hate for that city for a long time,” Crawford says. “But now, I’m over that. I feel much better, because I learned that you can’t hate something or you never get over it. It definitely was a learning experience, definitely that. I got that out of it, if nothing else.”

In hindsight, though, Crawford does regret signing with the Red Sox. He says his friend Torii Hunter tried to persuade him to sign with the Los Angeles Angels, but the money in Boston was too good to pass up.

“I should have listened, man,” Crawford says. “They say, ‘Don’t go chasing waterfalls.’ ”