Shock & Craw
Carl Crawford will be playing outfield for the Boston Red Sox
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The Red Sox Rock the Sports World by Signing
Almost-Superstar Outfielder Carl Crawford

SI.com: Rare Photos of Carl Crawford
Sox Sign Up Four-Time All-Star for 7 Years, $142 Million
Fan Pressure from Liverpool Fallout Forces Ownership to Improve Local Team
Mazz: Sox Speak Loudly, Carry Big Sticks | What's the Fascination with Crawford?
Hey John Henry, Fans Still Upset with You... So Can We Have Have Cliff Lee, Too?
Crawman's 2010 Digits: .307/.356/.495, 19 Homers, 90 RBIs, 47 Stolen Bases
Crazed Liverpool Fans on the Warpath Already: 'Where's Our £224 Striker?'
Nice Deal Carl, But Not as Good as Mine Was. Sincerely, Manny Ramirez
Wilbur: Crawford's Numbers are Dubious at Best, But Fans Happy
Photos: Craw Whacked Coco... and Matt Clement, Too
Don't Look Now, But They're the Boston Yankees
Brian Cashman: 'Boston's Got the Money'
What's Left to Do? Trade Ells or Drew

11.10.2010: Good to know Mazz hates Crawford: "What is the fascination with Carl Crawford? Just wondering: are we playing fantasy baseball or the real thing? Crawford puts up nice numbers and, as any stat geek will tell you, he runs! Five-category player, dude: hits, runs, homers, RBI and steals. Top five pick. Yes, Crawford is a good player in the real game, too, but is he really a lineup centerpiece that is worthy of contract akin to that of, say, Matt Holliday?

"If your answer is yes, we have irreconcilable philosophical differences.

"Now, if you want to talk about the value of speed, particularly on defense, we can talk. The value of good baserunning? We can talk. But as for stolen bases, the San Francisco Giants finished last in the majors this year and last in steal efficiency, too, which should tell you plenty. You don't need it. And if you start paying out the nose for speed, you're a dope.

"A request: take away Crawford's steal total and look at his average numbers over the last three years. Is that really worth somewhere around $18 million a year? Hell no."


Bridge? What Bridge?

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Good Morning Brian Cashman

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Merry Christmas New York! Brian Cashman Meets the Grinch
NY Daily News: Sox Snag Crawford, and Give Cliff Lee More Leverage
NY Post: Cashman Feels Like 'Hannibal Lecter in a Straitjacket'
Yankees Drove Up the Price ... Of a Dinner Tab at Some Fridays
Lupica: Yanks Offer Lee the World, But Make Jeter Beg


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This Just In ...

Carlsberg
(Former Liverpool home jerseys)

Chairman Tom Werner wants to know if Red Sox fans would be willing to purchase thousands of old 'Carlsberg' Liverpool home jerseys in wake of the Carl Crawford signing. Send him a text in London if interested.
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