Carl Crawford Is Getting Paid, Despite NOT Playing Baseball
Life is good for Carl Crawford. The former professional baseball player, who recently ended his relationship with reality star Evelyn Lozada, is still receiving a serious check. The 36-year-old is now in the final weeks of his seven-year, $142 million deal he signed before the 2011 season. Reportedly, Crawford is being paid nearly $22 million by the Los Angeles Dodgers this summer, despite not playing at all. While Crawford refrains from discussing his personal life (click here and here for the latest between him and the Basketball Wives star), he does open up about retirement and his upbringing in a new interview. Check out the excerpts.
How his injuries started:
It just seems like my hamstrings started hurting one day and never stopped. Then you compensate, and something else hurts.
How he handles no longer playing:
I’m not bitter. I’m happy. I gave the game as much as I could for as long as I could. I like watching now.
Some thinking he’s lonely, since retirement:
It’s so funny, man. I’d really like to get it on record: Everybody thinks I’m sad and lonely, and it’s just not the case. It’s not the case at all.
What life is like now:
I did my best. I got rewarded for it. I’m at my crib. I did everything I could. So you come home and enjoy your life. People never see me, so they take that as, ‘Oh, he’s so depressed and lonely.’ No. I’m in the comfort of my own home, and I’m not worried about the outside. Trust me, I’m not depressed at all.
How he spends his free time:
Just trying to become a normal citizen amongst the people, and that’s pretty much it. Relaxing. Absorbing everything. Trying to be subtle. The main thing is trying to catch up on time with my kids, especially my oldest.
Playing with the Dodgers:
I wish I could have performed better there, because I really liked L.A. I just wish I could have played some of my prime years there. I gave them what I had, but it’s still just frustrating when you can’t do what you want to do. That’s why it was no problem when the Dodgers called me into the house, because I already knew I couldn’t play the way I wanted to play.
Giving back, by funding multiple scholarships through the Jackie Robinson Foundation:
I came from nothing, so I always remember what it’s like to have nothing. Those memories are still fresh in my mind. So if I see someone in need of help who was in a similar situation to how I was, I try to help. That’s what I would have wanted as a kid for me.