Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Carl Crawford to Be Introduced on Friday
The Dodgers announced today that Carl Crawford will make an appearance at Dodger Stadium on Friday for a media event at 11:30 am. Since being traded to the Dodgers on the day after he received Tommy John surgery on August 25th, Crawford has not been a part of the team in any way. It should be interesting to hear from him, see how his rehab is coming along and get a measure of his excitement at being a new Dodger.
The addition of Crawford could be the type of change that the club needs. A four-time All Star, Crawford brings speed, defense, and pop to the line up. Kevin Kennedy, the Dodger Talk post game host, who worked in a similar capacity in Tampa Bay during Crawford's best years believes that L.A. is the perfect fit for him. On the day of the trade, he had this to say about Crawford on Prime Ticket:
"John Henry, the (Boston) owner, never wanted to sign him. That was Theo Epstein, who's no longer with the Red Sox...I was with Carl for two years, his best year was 2010, he's a .295 lifetime hitter. I love this move. I know he won't be ready until probably next May due to the Tommy John surgery. This guy is a great guy, he can steal bases, he's a front line hitter at the top of the order in front of Matt Kemp. I like this move long term.
I'm sure we'll read much more on Friday after Crawford meets with Dodger brass, puts on the jersey and fields questions from the media.