[My agent] Brian Peters called me, and he said, "All right, if the figures are the same, where do you want to go?" I'm thinking nothing of this call. I'm just driving on the freeway. I said, "Man, to be honest with you, B.P., if everything was the same, I think I'd rather go to Boston." He said, "Really?" That's how he said it. "Really?" I said, "B.P., if you look at it, look at the team they have, look at the situation, the Green Monster, everything is pointing my way. ... I don't think there's a better situation out there. I know it's cold [in April and October], but I think we'll overcome that. ...Crawford said his decision to come to Boston was influenced by Victor Martinez:
And he said, "Well, I'm glad to hear that because that's where you're going." I was like, "Oh really?" and he said, "Yeah, you're going to Boston," and I was like, "Shoot, let's go." ... Then, he told me the dollar amount, and I almost got into a wreck on the freeway.
I was talking to Victor Martinez at the  All-Star Game. I was like, "How you like Boston?" I didn't know I'd be in Boston. I was just asking him. He was like, "C, man, I don't care if you're tired, you could be feeling as bad as you could possibly feel, but when you run out on that field and those people are screaming, it's like you don't have a pain or nothing in your body. It's like you're a new person."The Red Sox claimed former Rangers C/DH/1B Max Ramirez off waivers. You probably last heard Ramirez's name when he was part of the proposed December 2009 deal that would have sent Mike Lowell to Texas. Ramirez doesn't project to much more than a backup, but he's free. Matt Fox was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
Boston also signed right-handed relief pitcher Tony Pena Jr. to a minor league contract. Pena, a light-hitting shortstop who switched to pitching in 2009, was with the Giants' AA and AAA teams last year.
If you are interested: Herald columnist Steve Buckley is gay. He notes this fact in the 9th paragraph of his column, admitting that he has "buried the lead". Buckley, who has been writing for the Herald for 15 years, and his editors should know the correct term is "lede".
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