April 22, 2011
Apparently still upset with Crawford's 11th-hour decision to reject the bid of Angels owner Arte Moreno and sign with the Boston Red Sox for seven years and $142 million, a few unidentified Angels fans showed their displeasure through a few wadded-up bills. With Crawford at the plate in the top of the 11th inning, Angels television cameras showed several $1 bills lying in the dirt near Boston's on-deck circle in the Red Sox's 4-2 extra-innings victory over the first-place Angels. It isn't known whether Crawford saw the cash, but he did strike out to end the inning.
Never underestimate the bitterness of the rejected — especially when the jilted one goes out and makes the rash decision of shacking up with Vernon Wells(notes), his .179 average and the $86 million that's remaining on his contract. (To be fair: Wells has heated up recently after a poor start to the season.)
"Everybody had him coming here," (Torii) Hunter sighed last night before the Angels hosted the Red Sox. "I had him coming here."
Though Crawford had the last laugh with a Boston victory, he did go 0 for 3 with two walks and a sacrifice bunt that he called himself in the sixth. Yes, a sacrifice bunt with the infielders playing in, runners on first and second with no outs and for a team that would sooner dress itself in blue pinstripes than waste an out with a bunt.
Considering that Crawford's average currently rests at .143, maybe Angels fans should currently be glad they're only into him for half a gallon of gas?
Big BLS H/N: Larry Brown Sports
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