Carl Crawford was introduced today as the latest major acquisition by the Boston Red Sox. Here's a selection of what the outfielder had to say:
On coming to the Red Sox:
"I'm very excited ... I'm definitely excited about coming to Boston. I know the AL East, I don't really have to make too many adjustments, besides getting used to the cold, that's about it."
On his position in the lineup:
"I really don't mind hitting anywhere in the lineup. ... You know, Terry's the manager, and I'm pretty sure whatever lineup he makes, I'll be fine with it. I told him I can play anywhere. I don't mind playing anywhere. Whatever he wants to do with me is fine."
On playing in Boston:
"You know, that's the one thing that attracted me here, you know it's going to be sold out, you know there's going to be excitement, you know there's going to be a lot of screaming and hollering, so that's something that gets you up, and keeps you going. So, that was definitely one of the things that attracted me here. You know, instead of getting booed, they can boo someone else now. I took my share of the left field torture."
On the Red Sox' lineup in 2011:
"I envision it being a very exciting lineup. I'm not sure what the lineup is going to be, but I definitely feel like it can be a very productive lineup. You know, you have speed, you have power, you have just about everything you need, so I'm pretty sure Terry's going to have a good time writing the lineup every night. I'm just looking forward to being here. You know, it's a great group of guys that I'm coming to right now and I don't think I could have asked for a better situation, so I don't want to be the guy to say 'I need to be in this spot,' I just want to play. That's all I'm here to do."
On the free agent process:
"Theo [Epstein, the Red Sox general manager] came to Houston, [that was] the day they was on my radar. I had interest in the Angels, but you know at the end of the day, I felt like my situation would be better here in Boston. Angels are a pretty nice organization too, but at the end of the day I think my heart is in Boston. I have a 6-year-old son and I said I think he was a closet Boston fan. When I told him I was coming to Boston, he was more excited than me. And that's when I knew I had made the right decision. It's just one of those things when the feeling, you know the feeling feels so good, I couldn't pass that up."
On the Green Monster:
"I've had a chance to play off the Green Monster. Even though I've played there a lot, I'm still going to get out there and work, and kind of see if there's anything new I can discover. I'm going to take a lot of fly balls, shag a lot, just kind of see if there's anything new I can pick up."
On the left fielders who have preceded him in Boston:
"I know it's a bunch of historical names, and I just want to be part of that. Hopefully I can go down as one of the best left fielders that played here, that's definitely a goal of mine. Hopefully I can just be said in the same name as those other guys when it's all said and done."
On postseason expectations being higher in Boston than Tampa Bay:
"That's great, because you know before the season even starts, you're telling your mind World Series, postseason, all that stuff, and you know it actually might happen, so it's exciting for me because it's something new for me and I just want to embrace the whole thing and just become a part of it, and I'll try my best to help this team get to the postseason and to the World Series."