When the Boston Red Sox introduced newly acquired outfielder Carl Crawford to the press today there was a noticeable buzz around Fenway Park, something that lacked last season.
For a short time this week more people were talking Red Sox baseball, than Patriots football, Bruins hockey or Celtics basketball. A feat that is not easy to do in Boston during this time of year. There was a noticeable drop-off on television ratings during last season and really people stopped caring during the last few months.
The signing of Crawford, along with the trade for Adrian Gonzalez, have rejuvenated Red Sox nation and brought the buzz back to Fenway.
This afternoon Crawford, wearing his new no. 13 Red Sox jersey, was officially introduced to the Red Sox faithful.
Crawford expressed the importance for him of staying in the AL East, noting familiarity and a desire to play with and against the best.
“There won't be many adjustments, except to the cold,” Crawford joked. “The AL East is so exciting and I really wanted to stay in the AL East, when I heard Boston was interested, I was definitely excited.”
One of the biggest questions following the Crawford signing has been where he will hit in the lineup, something manager Terry Francona addressed. The Red Sox manager said he'll probably bat him second or third, with Jacoby Ellsbury leading off.
“Our best team is when Jacoby’s hitting first,” Francona said.
Crawford said he doesn't mind where Francona puts him in the lineup. “Whatever he wants to do with me is fine,” Crawford said.
I’m already excited about the 2011 Red Sox season and it is only December. I’m also scouting MLB.com to at Crawford’s jersey to my Christmas list.