Re: Lackey > I WAS WRONG
posted at 6/22/2013 2:28 PM EDT
Up until Zilla spoke up I thought I was going to be the only one here supporting John Lackey.
You may or may not like what he's done in Boston but he came here through a plan from the FO. Every time the Sox needed a TOR pitcher they went after one of the top two best available and got their man.
2004- Curt Schilling
2005 - Mattt Clement (It didn't work out but it looked like he was the best available that year)
2007 - Dice K (See Matt Clement, above)
2008 & 2009 - with a rotation of Schilling, Beckett, Lester, Buck, Wake, etc, etc, and high hopes for Dice K the Sox opted to not pursue pitching
2010 - John Lackey. Whether you like it or not, Lackey was the best available pitcher for the 2010 season. He was admittedly the homliest pup in an ugly litter than year, but he was the best there was, and the Sox got him.
Since then we've learned that he may have been "damaged goods' when the Sox got him but he gutted it out through 2+ seasons of pain and personal issues before everyone finally realized that things couldn't go on the way they were and he had TJ surgery.
And if you're looking for another reason to NOT rip him, he also signed a contract which required him to pitch another year for the Sox at the ML minimum due to his surgery. How many players do THAT??
Lighten up a little, guys. He's had the surgery and worked himself back into being a #1 or #2 pitcher.
Having the right to do something doesn't make it the right thing to do.