FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox owner John Henry apologized to left fielder Carl Crawford on Saturday afternoon for saying in a radio interview four months ago that he initially opposed the signing that brought the left fielder to Boston.
"I should have never made those comments. It was an off-the-cuff remark I shouldn't have made," Henry said.
Crawford, who admitted earlier this week that his owner's words surprised him, appreciated the apology.
"It went really well," Crawford said. "He was real apologetic. I told him there were no hard feelings. We share the same goal, and that's to help us win and get back to where we should be. We'll be better off. We'll become stronger and the bond will be closer from his saying that. That's the way I look at it."
When Henry originally made the comments, he was trying to convey that the move to sign Crawford was a baseball move, not one to increase television ratings. And Henry later said his main motivation for not having full support of the signing is that the Red Sox already had a multitude of left-handed-hitting outfielders at the Major and Minor League levels.
Henry declined discussion of the remarks when asked to clarify again on Saturday.
"No, I don't want to go through it again," Henry said. "I think I've already explained it. People don't seem to want to hear the explanation anyway."
The explanation Henry gave Crawford sounded as if it was more than enough.
"I like those kind of meetings where you just kind of clear the air and make everything better," Crawford said. "I think it's best for the organization and best for everybody that we all get along, and that's the way it should be. I accepted it, which wasn't hard to do. You just move on. We talked for about 10 or 15 minutes, just sat back and talked about some things. [We] pretty much cleared the air. It's fine from here on out."
Another person Henry cleared the air with earlier this week was former manager Terry Francona, who said in a recent interview that he had tried to call his former owner "seven or eight times" since leaving the team, without getting a return phone call.
"We had a long conversation a few days ago after I found out he was trying to get in touch with me, and it was a great conversation -- one we should have had prior to this," Henry said. "As he said in talking about it, we were able to clear the air and talk about it. I think there were points of view that we both had about what happened last year when he left, so it was good. We needed to speak."
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.