Look, I get it. The Angels made a big, splashy offseason signing, nabbing Torii Hunter, and a big, splashy trade-deadline move, acquiring Mark Teixeira, in large part to avoid having to watch the Red Sox spray champagne all over Fenway Park in October. Again.
John Lackey was seething when he told ESPN.com’s Amy Nelson,
“We are way better than they are. We lost to a team not as good as us.”
“[On Sunday] they scored on a pop fly they called a hit, which is a joke,” said Lackey, referring to a popup that was misplayed into three runs. “[On Monday], they score on a broken-bat ground ball and a fly ball anywhere else in America [except in Fenway Park]. And [Pedroia's] fist-pumping on second like he did something great.”
This makes me wonder: just how long has John Lackey been playing this game? (Answer: six years.) After all, to paraphrase fictional catcher Crash Davis, the difference between hitting .250 and .300 is just one extra flare a week—a gorp, a groundball, a groundball with eyes, a dying quail. That’s the way the game works. Game of inches, dude.