It was extremely tough for Rays fans to watch franchise icon Carl Crawford leave Tampa Bay to sign a 7-year contact with the Boston Red Sox following the 2010 season. But even though Crawford had gone to a rival team, it was even harder to see him collapse just as badly as he did in Boston, struggling with wrist and elbow injuries and looking like a shadow of the player he was with the Rays. It was nice to see Crawford get the opportunity for a fresh start after the Red Sox dealt him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the major blockbuster on August 31st- both because hopefully it will help him and because Rays fans can now root for him without fear that he’ll affect the Rays in any way. In yesterday’s LA Times, we got to hear Crawford’s perspective on the whole situation.
“I knew with the struggles I was having, it would never get better for me. I just didn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. It puts you in kind of a depression stage. You just don’t see a way out.”
Things could not have been worse for Crawford in Boston, and while the Red Sox have found a way to get their franchise back together to an extent, it was certainly the best thing for Crawford that he got out when he did. His situation was getting any better, but luckily he did find a way to escape the darkness, albeit as a throw-in with Adrian Gonzalez in the blockbuster, and now everything is hopefully going to change for him. Crawford said that he feels “like the player he once was” once again, and best of luck to him as he tries to get back to that.
“I didn’t get to see him [hit]; I was over there on the other field, but when he hit the ball, I thought it was thunder,” smiled Maddon, bringing the familiar twinkle to his eye.
Myers has special talent, and it will be only a matter time before he brings that to the major leagues. When will that be happening? Myers doesn’t know, but he’s going to do everything he can to make it happen as soon as possible.
“As a player I feel like I’m Major League ready, but that’s not up for me to decide,” Myers said. “It’s up to the front office. Right now I just want to go out and prove what I can do.”
From Aubrey Huff to Carl Crawford to B.J. Upton, the Rays have been able to find for themselves quite a few star outfielders. Wil Myers is next in line and we can’t wait to see when that will fall into place at the major league level.