Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the mega trade that allowed the Red Sox to essentially hit the resent button, sending Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto (along with more than $260 million in guaranteed contracts) to the Dodgers.
Coincidentally, the Red Sox are in Los Angeles today to kick off a three-game series. Here’s what the former Sox are saying about meeting their former team and reflect on their time in Boston:
* Carl Crawford (via ESPNLA.com): "That was one of the toughest times in my life, ever, from when I was a little kid, 1 year old. It definitely was one of the best things that ever happened to me in my life to be traded over here.
"You make $20 million, but it's not like they're begging me to hit a home run every time I go up there, you know what I'm saying? It's not like I need to go 5-for-5 every at-bat and, if I don't, I'm considered the worst player on the planet."
* Adrian Gonzalez (via ESPNLA.com): "For the most part, we underperformed last year in Boston and we didn't win. The year before, we won. We just didn't make it to the postseason at the end. I had a good time. The only things I had there weren't really a big deal."
* Josh Beckett (via WEEI.com): "It just got way too personal for me," he said while rehabbing in the Dallas area. "It wasn't just like, 'Hey, you suck on the baseball field.' It was now, 'Hey, you're a bad person.' It was getting personal. It wasn't even about baseball anymore. It was definitely time to make a change. I think everybody from the front office to the players recognized that, we've moved on and now here I am."
* Nick Punto (via ESPNLA.com): "Pedroia is the heartbeat of that club, and when he's not happy, it's not a good thing. He was definitely not very happy."