Okay, we’ll admit it. We may not be huge fans of perfection, but we’d be lying if we didn’t admit we expected it with our hometown baseball team, the Boston Red Sox (though historically, they have proven to be anything but perfect). As passionate fans, we expect a “wicked” lot of our team and the players who wear the uniform. We’re also pretty knowledgeable about the game and the talent they select. For example, when the Red Sox acquired pitcher John Lackey, who had a successful career with the Anaheim Angels, we thought it was good for the team. Of course, that quickly changed when he started pitching for us. Within the first few months of being here, he served up more meatballs than our beloved Italian grandmothers combined. And if that wasn’t enough, he always seemed to have a bad attitude, snapping at reporters and making excuses.
We do, however, understand that we may be a little too critical of players who underperform. (Remember, we drove Bill Buckner into the Witness Protection Program for letting a grounder through his legs during the world championship.) And since we’re always out promoting a message of acceptance, it seemed only right that we stepped up to the plate and became less critical. As a result, we tried to understand some of Mr. Lackey’s transgressions last season when he chose to drink beer and eat chicken in the clubhouse during the games, contributing to the Hometown Team’s unfortunate collapse last September. We read that his wife was ill and that he was having marital difficulties. Maybe that contributed to his behavior. However, after reading this piece from Yahoo sports today, we simply have had enough. When asked about his beer-guzzling, chicken-bone-sucking behavior, Mr. Lackeyluster got very defensive, responding, “Guys having a beer after their start has been going on for the last 100 years. This is retarded. It’s not like we were sitting up there doing it every night. It’s not even close to what people think.”
Time out on the field. Did he, who has a terrible “image” problem, just use the “r” word?
That’s it! Enough! It’s time to stop cutting Lackey any more slackey. This guy just doesn’t get it. As a professional ball player, he has a platform. Kids are listening to him. What kind of message does that send to them in this day and age of intense bullying? And, if by making this comment, he’s putting down those with mental or developmental challenges, he’s way off base — again. In our travels, we have met our share of folks with mental challenges who embody all the qualities that winners need — determination, kindness, compassion, resilience. All qualities, Mr. Lackey seems to be well, lacking.
So Mr. Lackey gather up your bucket-o-chicken and beer. We think it’s time to send you and your terrible attitude backey.
To read the interview, click here. Then tell us what you think.
This guy clearly doesn’t get it. First of all, since he’s come to Boston, he’s been nothing but a surly crybaby. Se