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.

12 Responses to “Enraged Lackey Does Nuke LaLoosh Impression”

  1. Coley Ward says:

    I hate to break it to John, but the game where the Red Sox scored three runs on that fluky pop-up was the only game the Red Sox lost.

  2. Coley Ward says:

    Moreover, I think it’s a real stretch to argue that the Angels were the better team. The Angels had a plus-68 run differential this season. The Red Sox were plus-151 and played in a far, far, far more difficult division.

  3. Sarah Green says:

    Yeah, Coley, I completely agree. The AL East had four teams over .500, while the West only had one. The only reason I thought this series was too close to call heading in was that the Sox were dealing with so many injuries.

    I do agree with Lackey that the fluky pop-up should have been charged as an error, but the official scorer would have a hard time deciding which fielder should have had it.

  4. I get that Lackey was angry about being eliminated and was really just venting without thinking through what he was saying but what’s his issue with the scoring of the hit in game 3? If anyone I’d say it maybe should have been Kendrick’s error but it was just one of those things and it seems he thinks if that’s scored an error it would have made a difference? It’s not like runs can’t score on errors. I don’t get it.

  5. Sarah Green says:

    Apparently, runs count less when they score on errors and broken-bat grounders than when they score on screaming liners and towering drives.

  6. Coley Ward says:

    Also, I’ll say it again, the Angels won game three! If Lackey wants to say the Sox were lucky, fine. But he needs to come up with an example from a game that the Red Sox actually won. Otherwise, it’s a pretty flimsy argument.

  7. Sarah Green says:

    Yeah, the “they suck, they beat us on bloop hits” argument is pretty weak. I mean, maybe they should have a better defense then, lame-o Angel poopheads. Nyah nyah!

  8. this is clearly misplaced anger…he should be absolutely enraged, but enraged at his own teammates that they are incapable of making routine plays. hey Lackey, you know why the Red Sox are moving on the ALCS and you’re not? because they don’t have 3 guys stop and stand there looking up at a ball that none of them catch. D’OH!

    seriously, dude, you can’t fault the sox for actually, you know, catching the balls when they are hit at them. that’s kind of the point of fielding, no?

  9. I used to like Lackey, now I just think he’s a freaking baby. You lost, get over it. The Red Sox won the series on defense, timely hitting, and Jon Lester doing a Christy Mathewson impression.

  10. I just want to kick this dead horse one more time.

    Dear Mr. Lackey:

    Before you take your dolly and run home, tell your teammates to learn how to field the fucking ball. It aint rocket science.

    Red Sox Nation

  11. Dan Swartzendruber says:

    I agree. He came across as a whining bad-sport baby. Grow up. I’d be embarrassed to hear this cr*p if I were his teammates.

  12. JoAnne - NH says:

    Wow! I am amazed at the conceit of the LA Angels. The American League West was the worst division in baseball so obviously they had an easier schedule. I have a lot respect for the teams that play hard and make it to the playoffs. I do not have respect for teams that whine and place blame. How long have Tori Hunter and John Lackey played professional baseball? Hunter with eleven years in the majors and Lackey with six should know that when the post season begins the regular season has ended and all that counts is what you do in October.
    Well to Hunter and Lackey; October is for the big boys. It is time to bring you’re A game. It is no place for sore losers and cry babies. You did not get it done. Place blame where it belongs. It is now time for you to stand up as men and give credit where credit is due. You were beat far and square [again] by the Boston Red Sox. Suck it up! You are NOT the better team. If you would like to see the better team, turn on TBS. The schedule is posted below.
    Gm 2BOS @ TB Sat Oct. 11 8:07 PM
    Gm 3TB @ BOS Mon Oct. 134:37 PM
    Gm 4TB @ BOS Tue Oct. 148:07 PM
    Gm 5*TB @ BOS Thu Oct. 16 8:07 PM

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