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Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford still on menu in Boston

October 23, 2013|By Bill Shaikin
  • Former Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez, left, and Carl Crawford may now be Dodgers teammates, but they are still on the minds of folks in Boston.
Former Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez, left, and Carl Crawford may now be Dodgers… (Victor Decolongon / Getty…)

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox are in the World Series, the culmination of a remarkable worst-to-first run. As the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals open the World Series on Wednesday at Fenway Park, the minds of the local columnists are on ... Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford.

It is taken as an article of faith in the Boston media that Gonzalez and Crawford were too soft to succeed with the Red Sox. The players -- and their enormous contracts -- were traded to the Dodgers last year, and apparently no high-ranking columnist here could preview the World Series without taking a shot at Gonzalez and Crawford.

In the Boston Herald, Steve Buckley wrote that the Dodgers would have brought a "Lights! Camera! Whining!" story line with them to the World Series.

"Gonzo would have complained about World Series games being played at night," Buckley wrote. "Crawford would have complained about how everyone in Boston was mean to him."

In the Boston Globe, Dan Shaughnessy accused Crawford of lying about his time with the Red Sox.

Gonzo would have complained about World Series games being played at night. Crawford would have complained about how everyone in Boston was mean to him. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2013/10/buckley_this_series_may_prove_one_to_remember#sthash.YLIASlYd.dpuf Gonzo would have complained about World Series games being played at night. Crawford would have complained about how everyone in Boston was mean to him. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2013/10/buckley_this_series_may_prove_one_to_remember#sthash.YLIASlYd.dpuf

"We'd have asked Carl Crawford why he made up all that stuff about a 'toxic' atmosphere in Boston," Shaughnessy wrote.

So it was rather startling to walk into Kupel's Bakery in Brookline -- a long fungo hit from Fenway Park -- and see sandwiches named for Gonzalez and Crawford still on the menu. The menu also offers sandwiches named for other Boston sports figures, including Red Sox stars Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and Boston Celtics legends Larry Bird and Bill Russell.

We had one question for the guy behind the counter: Doesn't everyone in town hate Gonzalez and Crawford?

"Not everyone," the guy said. "That menu is an homage to Boston sports. It's hard to take them down."

For the record: The Gonzalez sandwich features egg salad and jalapeno cream cheese for $4.49; the Crawford sandwich includes double egg and cheese, tomato and onion for $5.99.

Gonzo would have complained about World Series games being played at night. Crawford would have complained about how everyone in Boston was mean to him. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2013/10/buckley_this_series_may_prove_one_to_remember#sthash.YLIASlYd.dpuf Gonzo would have complained about World Series games being played at night. Crawford would have complained about how everyone in Boston was mean to him. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2013/10/buckley_this_series_may_prove_one_to_remember#sthash.YLIASlYd.dpuf

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