Carl Crawford is trying to work his way back to the major leagues.
Injuries are making it tough, as are fans in the Northeast.
Crawford, in the midst of a rehab assignment with Class AA Portland (Maine), said he heard one negative comment at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, N.H.
"(One fan) actually called me a racial slur to begin the game with," he said. "He was the only one I had a problem with. People in Boston don't even do that. I don't know what that was about. It's not that bad in Boston like that. But I can understand why people can be upset about me signing a contract and me having the kind of year I had. I understand. They love their team. They want you to produce when you sign a contract like that. I can't be mad at them. All I can do is get ready to play this year and try to produce."
The outfielder signed a seven-year, $142 million contract with the Red Sox and hit .255 last year with 56 RBI and 65 runs scored in 130 games.