Re: John Lackey's contentious postgame press conference-Your thoughts?
posted at 6/23/2011 2:33 PM EDT
In Response to Re: John Lackey's contentious postgame press conference-Your thoughts?
[QUOTE]Right now it doesn't sound like things are going in the right direction for Lackey, sounds like fustration is boiling over for him, after he was just looking pretty good the past few games before that. This is a situation I don't like to see, a good player (2010 was a good season for Lackey if you want to debate otherwise, don't bring it up with me)
whom is letting everything get to him, and it appears to be showing over on the field. I could care less how he addresses the media, except it shows his fustration and makes it a bigger problem. Lackey can still be an important part of this team, the outing before last he went out there and gave us 8 pretty good innings. However, this is the kind of controversy a team doesn't need. If he continues to struggle and make these comments, we'll see how it is handled
, if he pitches well, he can say whatever the hell he wants. He isn't paid by the media afterall, he's paid by John Henry.
Posted by NUSoxFan[/QUOTE]I happen to agree with your post. The 2010 season wasn't great but it is about what you get from a middle of the rotation starter. The problem in Boston is that this market assumes that their highest paid players should perform like the highest paid players in the game. He is not in the class with CC Sabathia, Santana and Lee and he is not paid like that. His contracts comps are guys like DLowe and AJ Burnett and his 2010 is what you'd gte from those guys.
If the market doesn't want to sign guys like Drew and Lackey to bridge the farm system, the only option Epstein would have is play kids, get bad, get high picks and hope the high picks pan out, then pay them after the arbitration years and hope they don't break down OR start over again.
As for this year it has been a tough year. Period. He did pitch better upon his return from the DL. It was a weird game yesterday, with a rain delay in the middle of his start and the conditions when he came back stunk. But when combined with his bad start, the reaction is not neccesarily proportional.
As for his demeanor on the field, his teammates tend to live with it seeing it as part of the "competitive package" it is more a media/fan issue it appears.
As for how he handles the media, I feel bad for him in a way because the media in this town will eat you alive if you don't play nice with them and they can help turn the market against you in a hurry unless your numbers make that impossible. And John Lackey never has been, never will be Pedro Martinez or Curt Schilling.
But everybody should take a chill pill. It is a bad stretch. Many a fan would have jettisoned Josh Beckett a year ago. Many fans are excited that Andrew Miller who has shown fits of control problems waited until the 6th inning to give up back to back walks, a blast and a double before Tito could get to the ejector button.
I guess I am saying that there is perception and reality. Shorter sample sets are always matters of perception, the larger ones are who you are in the present.
Just my takes