Sox Crawford curious about Tampa fan reaction

Boston Red Sox’ outfielder, Carl Crawford, can’t help but wonder what kind of  fan reaction he’ll receive when he returns to Tropicana Field; only this time in a visitor’s uniform. Crawford, who stared in Tampa Bay for eight seasons,  jumped ship in the off-season, by signing as a free agent with, not just any team, but the Red Sox, who year after year find themselves battling the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Eastern Division. “I have no ill will. There just wasn’t any decision about whether to stay in Tampa or not … no option at all,”  said Crawford who signed a seven year deal with the Sox worth $142 million. “There’s no way you could stay with a team if a contract isn’t even offered to you. I hope fans will be smart enough to realize that.” It hasn’t been a smooth transition for Crawford, who finds himself hitting in the sixth hole as opposed to his customery lead off position. The four time all-star, who struggled this past April in hitting only .155 ,  picked it up in May by hitting .304. So far this month he has been hitting .308. A streak that hasn’t escaped the attention of his manager, Terry Francona. “He’s batting 30, 40 points, whatever, lower (than his career .296), but I think the rest of the way, you get Carl Crawford. Which is good,” Francona said. It will be interesting to see what kind of reaction he receives  Tuesday in Tampa.


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