Re: Lackey's Great Game
posted at 10/31/2013 10:52 PM EDT
In response to Beantowne's comment:
In response to kimsaysthis' comment:
I may be the only one, but I don't remember ever hearing Lackey interviewed before. I think it's kinda cute that he seems ill at ease. Just goes to show, no matter how he's been portrayed, he's probably just a humble guy. He does take his job very seriously, which may account for people portraying him as having a bad attitude toward teammates. Everyone on the team has always maintained that he's not that way at all, and is a great teammate and clubhouse guy.
This guy has clearly been misunderstood. Again, so happy for him tonight.
Lackey's a gamer and always has been. The guy on the mound tonight was exactly what Epstein envisioned when he signed him. A bulldog who wants the ball when the lights are thier brightest. evidenced by his determination to stay in the game last night to face Holiday with runners on the corners after giving up three straight hits and losing his shut out..Stating emphatically "This is my guy" when Farrel came put to pull him. When he signed with us in 2010 he came with a chronic elbow issue that was such that the Angels didn't even give him a qualifying offer. A condition that was serious enough the Red Sox wrote a clause in his contract protecting themselves in case he needed seasoning ending surgery. One he gladly accepted and agreed to sign which will keep in in our uniform through the 2015 season.
Percption is reality and given the expectation that most had when he signed with us and the subsequent struggles he and the team had in the next two seasons, he didn't do himself any favors in winning over the fan base, due to his subpar perfromances nor did he help himself with the perception that he was one of the "fat cats". Lost on many of his detractors was the season before and after signing with us he tried to pitch with diminished stuff due to his elbow which robbed him of the late life on his fastball, top end velocity and his best pitch the sharp breaking curveball. After finally succumbing to the pain late in the 2011 season. Had Tommy John spent all of 2012 rehabbing his elbow and almost as important rededicated himself to getting in the best shape he's been in since breaking in with the Angels in 2002.
Today when he finally wakes up after what I am sure was a long night of celebration, he wil do so as a champion. Next spring when camp opens due to his contribution to the success of the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox Baseball Club of the American League he will dawn his uniform, take the field standing tall and now and forever be held in the same regard as all past champions of Bosotn Sports lore. can't wait til next year and the opening game ring ceremony. as Gomes said last night...the museum will be load...one of the loudest cheers should be for Lackey who along with Lester is chiefly responsible for why we'll get another parade and a World Series flag to hang from the rafters....
Beautiful post, Bean. Well said.