Posted on August 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM
Friday, Aug 1 at 4:41 PM
Do you agree with trading Kelly and Craig for John Lackey?
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (BaseballSTL) -- Allen Craig was not happy when he was traded by the Cardinals. Normally cooperative and accessible to the media, Craig left Petco Park in San Diego so upset by the trade that he refused to talk about it. After a cross country trip to Boston, he’s now more upbeat and seems to have accepted the major change in his life.
“I was definitely surprised to hear the news that I was traded,” Craig said Friday afternoon in Boston. “But I’m really excited to be here, to get to know the guys and to play.”
Craig put together three stellar seasons in St. Louis, and was an all-star in 2013. But he struggled mightily this year to find his stroke, and was hitting just .237 with seven homeruns when the Cardinals traded him to Boston along with Joe Kelly, in exchange for John Lackey and a minor leaguer.
“The first half of the season was frustrating," Craig said. “A lot of ups and downs. You can’t be great every single night. You have to learn, and I definitely learned.”
“I’ve been really lucky in my career to be with the Cardinals for as long as I was and to get the chance to be here,”
Craig is in the Red Sox starting lineup Friday night, batting fifth in the order and playing left field. He played left field only sparingly in his time in St. Louis, but will have to get use to playing in the shadow of the green monster at Fenway Park. As a hitter, he should enjoy batting in a line-up that includes big hitters like David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Yoenis Cespedes.
“Fenway Park is a great place,” Craig said. “As a hitter it’s going to be fun to be here and do my thing. We have a great group of guys with Ortiz and others. I’m just looking forward to getting to know the guys and getting out there.”