John Lackey
John Lackey

Shut Up, John Lackey

Tonight, the Angels face former teammate John Lackey in what was--before some ridiculous comments by the former Halo--nothing more than another game against the Sox. Lackey apparently wanted to up the ante, so he opened his mouth and spewed garbage.
Being the third starter in the Boston rotation behind Josh Beckett and Jon Lester, maybe he felt he needed a little extra motivation--so he not only threw gas on a fire, he lit the fire then poured gas on it.

Remember, John? You were on that team back in 2002 that won the World Series. The team only lost reserve outfielder Orlando Palmeiro the following year and replaced him with Eric Owens. Everyone else came back.

But that didn't work out too well for your team back in 2003, did it? The Angels only managing a 77-85 record in defense of their World Series title.

You see, John, this is how sports--and life really--works. You work toward something, always with a goal in mind; from day to day, month to month, even year to year, and you adjust to better reach that goal. Sometimes that means making decisions to let one player go, sometimes it means picking one player over another. Sometimes it even means standing firm and doing nothing.

The team that isn't adjusting isn't trying.

Have the Angels made mistakes in regards to player personnel? Sure. Name one team that hasn't. Would the Angels have liked to have retained players like Chone Figgins, Vladimir Guerrero, Francisco Rodriguez, Garret Anderson, Troy Percival, Troy Glaus, Bengie Molina, Darin Erstad, David Eckstein and Jarrod Washburn for another year or two? Possibly.  However, it would have needed to be within the team's financial boundaries and overall vision.

That's what I like about the Angels ownership and management: They are as open with their fans about their personnel decisions as any club in the MLB.

Take your situation as a prime example, Lackey. There is no doubt you were the ace of the Angel staff, but you missed the first six weeks of the 2008 and 2009 seasons with elbow problems. If you were a house and an appraiser came out to inspect you, the report might have read, "Very nice exterior with a great history, but internally there are issues."

Your value dropped, forcing the Angels to offer four years at $60 million. You opted for the Sox's offer of five years at $82.5 million.

Good for you, but does that in any way justify you saying, "The way they preach the team game, the way you're supposed to give it up for the team--that's a little suspect. You're supposed to give [it] up for the team; then when it comes time, they might not give it up for you"?

Dude, shut up. The Angels' offer to you was fair, you got a better deal and you took it. Again, good for you.

Tonight the Angels get their first crack at Lackey as a Red Sox. The Angels are struggling and don't need any more motivation to play for a win, but I hope Lackey's ridiculous comments serve as just a little extra juice for the Halos this time. A mad dash from first to third on a single, a diving catch of a low line drive in the outfield . . . who knows? Maybe the club gets lucky and Lackey is forced to protect home plate with Mike Napoli charging hard with the go ahead run.

Here's hoping Napoli goes Texiera on Lackey's grill.

After all, that's life, Lackey.


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