Carl Crawford is Loving LA's Fresh Breezes

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dodgersfanjeff
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By Mark Saxon

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has never been all that worried about how Carl Crawford would handle the pressure of a massive contract and a new team. He already went through that in Boston.

But that doesn't mean Crawford felt no sense of urgency.

The way he sees it now, the roof began caving in slowly, chunk by tiny chunk, the day he looked at the lineup card in the visiting clubhouse in Arlington, Texas, and saw his name in the No. 7 hole. That was his third game with the Red Sox, April 3, 2011.

Crawford had gone 0-for-7 batting third in the first two games and the Red Sox were facing left-hander Matt Harrison. Manager Terry Francona said at the time, "Looking at him, he's obviously trying too hard."

http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/dod ... zes-of-l-a

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dd88
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Jeff- thanks for posting this! Carl has been great thus far for the Dodgers. It would be great if he can hold up and play at least 90% of the games. Can't wait to see Hanley Ramirez back and the full power of the Dodger lineup would be in display.

BTW I noticed the quotation marks and apostrophes were removed from the article- did you do that or did it happen after you post?


dodgersfanjeff
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No problem Dave. Crawford has definitely surprised me so far this season. I wasn't sure if he would be an ideal leadoff hitter, but seems like every game he's played in, he's been on base, lol. Agreed on getting Hanley back, our 3 to 6 hitters should be tough for any opposing pitchers to get through. Nice to see Andre seemingly doing a solid job so far on lefties also.

I thought I quoted the entire post, but not sure why it doesn't show up as quoted. Should I cut down the original article, and just quote a portion of it?


dd88
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^^Jeff- posting just a section of the article would be great- thanks! Though loss last night- the bullpen which had been pretty good had some trouble there. Hopefully the guys bounce back and win the series!


dodgersfanjeff
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Ok Dave, I'll section off the article, and re-quote. Yeah very tough loss. Hopefully it was just SD being hyped for their opener, and an anomaly for our bullpen. At least Uribe hit a HR, something positive? A bit alarming that a $230 million payroll, and we still don't really have a sure 3B, and SS, lol. At least getting Hanley back will solve one of those holes hopefully. Curious to see how Bills looks also. If memory serves me, he actually had a good season before the injury last year.


dd88
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^^Jeff- Bills looked very good which is great. Yeah with SS/third base- I just don't know. Personally I think the lineup will be more dangerous with a Dee Gordon at SS and Hanley playing third, but Cruz played really well to end last season. But at the beginning of last season, Dee Gordon was a key part of the Dodger attack. And Justin Sellers is only a career .202 hitter as well.


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