Both Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer praised Crisp's on- and off-field makeup.
He's moving into his prime. He helps us get a little bit younger, a little bit more athletic. A couple of his strengths really complement our weaknesses as a club, his defense up the middle and his outstanding baserunning. Also he's a guy who has a chance to hit leadoff. He had a .370 on-base last year away from Jacobs Field and he's got a chance to use Fenway to his advantage.Hoyer:
Almost every person we talked to really thought he would thrive in our environment. He's ... got a certain energy and swagger we think will translate very well to Fenway. ... We’re not in the habit of giving up prospects for short-term gain. We traded a couple of really good 21-year-olds but got some established big leaguers who are 25, 26.Epstein:
It's safe to say we were not going to give up Marte, probably not in any deal with a player who we'd have under our control for only one to two years. To get a player like Coco, with four years, softens the blow of giving up six years of Andy Marte.Crisp:
I play hard, I'm not afraid to run into walls or to get hurt. I think that's the type of player they love in Boston and I think that's why they loved Johnny Damon. ... I like to pull pranks. ... I love the whole atmosphere out there, it's very intense - I just sit back and relax.Crisp will most probably bat leadoff, but with his less-than-stellar walk rate and increased slugging, he would probably fit nicely in the 5th or 6th hole. However, that would mean that Youkilis and Loretta would be 1-2 (or 2-1) and, despite the club's willingness to embrace sound, but unconventional, thinking, I don't see Tito going for that.