, Gloucester, MA

February 15, 2013

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Gonzalez, Crawford critical

In the most predictable story of the year, former Red Sox busts Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, who were traded from Boston to Los Angeles at last season’s trade deadline, were critical of the team in a recent interviews at Dodgers camp.

Gonzalez put blame on the Sox organization.

“Chemistry is something you need to have among the players but also with the owners, the coaches and the front office,” Gonzalez said. “It needs to be complete. In Boston we had great chemistry among the players – we loved each other, we were together – but that was only among the players. It wasn’t there with the rest. That’s why the team didn’t win. It needs to be an organization-wide thing.’’

Crawford, on the other hand, spoke of his troubles in Boston.

“Toughest two years of my career, by far,” the outfielder said. From the outside, you watch guys playing over there and you think you can go and play. But you realize, once you get there, it’s a little tougher than you expected.

It was just everything. Me not playing well. Me being in an unfamiliar area in an environment that was toxic. Just all those things combined. You start to say, ‘Is this ever going to end?’ “

Crawford also said there were a lot of times where he regretted signing with the Red Sox.

Always be a

Red Sock

Kevin Youkilis may be a current member of the Yankees after signing a one year $12M deal with the team this offseason. But the former Red Sox All Star says he says his heart will always be with the Red Sox.

“I’ll always be a Red Sock,” Youkilis said. “To negate all the years I played for the Boston Red Sox, and all the tradition, you look at all the stuff I have piled up at my house and to say I’d just throw it out the window, it’s not true. Those were great years in Boston. One bad half-year doesn’t take away from all the great years I had there.”

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru