Jon Lester seems to really like playing in Boston. (He's the pitcher, by the way, who lowered his ERA to 2.44 after throwing a complete game, three-hit shutout Thursday night.) Just the other day, Mike Lowell relived his decision to take a year less in free agency in order to keep calling Fenway Park home.

And remember when Bruce Hurst decided to leave the Red Sox and head to San Diego only to admit later in his career that the decision was the wrong one, having missed all that came with playing home games at 4 Yawkey Way.

And then there's Carl Crawford.

"That place is going to be the same forever and I don't want no part of it," Crawford told Thursday night, referencing his professional home for 1 1/2 years, Boston. "I'm happy where I'm at right now."

Where Crawford is right now is Los Angeles with the Dodgers. Prior to his team's series finale against the Angels, he sat at his locker in the midst of nameplates belonging to Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig.

Despite continuing to deal with injuries (having been limited to 64 games this season), he does seem happy. He also is cemented in his opinion that Boston is a lousy place to play Major League Baseball.

Recently the outfielder made reference to his unhappiness with the Red Sox when telling the Los Angeles Times he was always fretting about his contractual commitment (that stretched through 2017) prior to being traded in August 2012.

And Thursday, he chose to advance that narrative.

Question: "Does it seem like a long time ago you played in Boston?"

Answer: "Yeah, it does. I try and put that as far behind me as I can. I would like to feel like that, but it still feels fresh at times. Just because it was one of the toughest times of my life. That's a scar that I think will never go away. I'll always remember that feeling."


Crawford went on to elaborate on his discomfort in Boston, which, on it's own, isn't exactly a news flash. But what was of particular interest in these days of analyzing everything and anything related to free agency (especially when it comes to Lester) involved some of the lefty's specific regrets.

"It was just different for me," he said. "Coming from Tampa, from that environment to that environment was so different I didn't really understand what I was getting myself into. I think that was the big thing. There was just such a big difference from what I was used to.

"I definitely wouldn't have went to the highest bidder. If I could have done it over again I would have gone into more detail into everything. I didn't do any research about nothing. I didn't know much about Boston, only when I played there. If I went into a little more depth as to what I was getting myself into things probably would have been a little different."