Re: Coco Crisp -- Who Knew?
posted at 4/11/2013 4:34 PM EDT
In response to notin's comment:
In response to Drewski5's comment:
The reality is that Coco and Ellsbury are not mutually exclusive. Coco was a great teammate, a true professional, and would have done anything that the coach asked.
If he was asked to be a fourth outfielder , he would have. JD always had injury issues, Coco could have been a late defensive replacement for Manny. We would have found him playing time. Maybe not starter playing time; however, Coco took his demotion w/ class.
The Coco for Ramon Ramirez trade never made sense. Coco was more valuable as a switch hitting, play all 3 OF positions, defensive replacement, pinch running supersub than a back of the pen guy. He was the true leader of our clubhouse.
And if we went into 2008 w/ Coco as a fourth outfielder, we would have found playing time for him every year. CF in 2012, RF in 2011...
We lost some true player leaders. Coco may have been the biggest one.
Anybody who has ever played w / Coco has mentioned that he is a great leader and a great teammate. Extremely down to earth. Willing to accept any role. A professional. The antithesis of a primadonna.
1. We did go into 2008 with Crisp ss a fourth OF.
2. Maybe part of the reason he was traded was a favor to Crisp..
Thats right , thanks for the correction. Still, Cocoa was an unbelievable fourth OF in 2008, was a leader in the clubhouse, a true professional who never complained about being relegated to a bench role, kept himself ready to play and contributed when asked.
He was a huge part of the reason why the As surprised last year. He's a darn good CF, and has had a darn good career. We wound up giving away a tremendous asset for .....
Maybe part of the reason why we traded him was so he can start again; however, this doesnt change the fact that we tremendously undervalued him.