McAdam:Lackey's problems go beyond the mound

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    McAdam:Lackey's problems go beyond the mound

    By Sean McAdam
    CSNNE.com

    TORONTO - He had been tagged for nine runs on 10 hits, lurching through his start before finally imploding in the seventh inning when the game quickly went from a one-run contest to a one-sided laugher for the Toronto Blue Jays.

    It marked the fourth time in seven starts that he had given up at least six runs, but as John Lackey turned around in front of his locker to answer questions, the poor outing seemed like the least of his concerns.

    On the mound, Lackey had been even more demonstrable than usual, shaking his head in disbelief when he disagreed with home plate umpire Gary Darling's ball-and strike calls even when, as was the case most times, his outrage seemed misplaced.

    His habit for throwing his hands up in the air when balls got through the infield or found open space in the outfield was seemingly more acute than usual. When Jose Bautista's liner in the seventh hit the wall on the fly, nowhere near where Carl Crawford had positioned himself, his disgust was somewhat understandable if unnecessarily showy; when he registered the same anger after a bullet off the bat of John McDonald shot past a diving Kevin Youkilis just inside the third-base bag, the demonstration seemed ridiculous and self-pitying.

    And now, taking questions, Lackey continued to lash out and point fingers.

    Asked to evaluate his start, Lackey rolled his eyes and snapped: "Come on, man, ask a damn question."

    Commenting on the five-run seventh which featured two walks and two base hits after two were out he noted: "Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. That's pretty much the story of the whole damn year,"

    Later, told that Terry Francona had said that he wanted to leave Lackey in to face McDonald because the pitcher had had success against the veteran infielder in the past, Lackey said: "Everybody's had success with him in the past. You can't give hits to him when you've got other guys in the lineup that can hurt you."

    That stinging assessment of McDonald, a journeyman infielder, represented a serious breach of baseball etiquette and violated a code in which players seldom, if ever, mock an opponent's ability.

    He recounted the fourth inning when, after allowing a homer to McDonald on an 2-and-0 pitch, "I gave up a single [to Rajai Davis] and the guy scores on no other hits."

    That represented either a bit of revisionist history or a jab at catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia - or both.

    What Lackey conveniently neglected to mention was that Davis had swiped second despite a pitchout and strong throw from Saltalamacchia, a sure sign that the steal was the result of Davis getting a huge jump on the pitcher.

    After Davis stole third, too, Lackey couldn't keep the ball in the infield as Yunel Escobar delivered a sacrfice fly, scoring Davis.

    But after denigrating McDonald and pointing fingers at teammates, the most troubling comment from Lackey came at the end of his session with reporters when he concluded: "Everything in my life sucks right now."

    One reporter, seeking clarification, asked Lackey if he was okay. Lackey at first seemed puzzled by the query, then shifted to anger, warning reporters of the consequences if they chose to pursue off-the-field questions.

    Saltalamacchia, for his part, maintained that Lackey didn't seem distracted by anything on the mound.

    "I've never seen him this focused and this determined," Saltalamacchia. "He wanted it. Every inning [in the dugout] he was talking to me and feeling good."

    But that depiction seemed at odds with the rest of the night, with Lackley alternately defensive and aggressive, self-pitying and accusatory.

    Nearly a quarter of the way through his season, Lackey's ERA is a bloated 8.01, among the highest of any starter taking a regular turn in either league.

    But to watch and listen to him Wednesday night was to come away with the distinct impression that poor pitching is merely a symptom of some larger issues.

     
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    when one is an alcoholic, one tends to blame others for their misfortune, then lie and make excuses for their behavior. the cure for that is to declare to yourself and others that you are an alcoholic.

    in the case of SLACKEY, he must admit to himself and others the truth that he is a mediocre pitcher who was extremely overpaid by a guy who makes a living from overpaying mediocre players.

    THEO must admit that he is a burned-out GM, who is now a liability to the organization.

    TITO must admit that besides making the players happy and talking to the press, he has nothing more to contribute, and he's too old to learn to be a real manager.

     
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    And all of this joy for some 18 Million per year! ...and our schools can't fund the needed books athletic programs, music and arts programs! Wow, where are our priorities, seriously, I am a life long sports and Red Sox fan, but more and more every day I begin to wonder the true worth of it all when it comes to guys like John Lackey! Just sayin'!

     
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    They mentioned something along these lines on WEEI last night during the game - they were commenting on how Lackey's...expressions...were a habit he needed to break. 
     
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    In Response to Re: McAdam:Lackey's problems go beyond the mound:
    [QUOTE]And all of this joy for some 18 Million per year! ...and our schools can't fund the needed books athletic programs, music and arts programs! Wow, where are our priorities, seriously, I am a life long sports and Red Sox fan, but more and more every day I begin to wonder the true worth of it all when it comes to guys like John Lackey! Just sayin'!
    Posted by jozee76[/QUOTE]

    Then you as a parent should be doing those things with your children instead of relying on the government nanny system to raise them and culture them for you.
     
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    In Response to Re: McAdam:Lackey's problems go beyond the mound:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: McAdam:Lackey's problems go beyond the mound : Then you as a parent should be doing those things with your children instead of relying on the government nanny system to raise them and culture them for you.
    Posted by WCPatsFan[/QUOTE]

    tell me about government abandoning the middle class while cutting taxes on the wealthy!

    schools...  let us day we are like #30 in the world while the chinese are near #1 and learning english  and taking 40 million american middle class jobs... WITHOUT TAXING THE ADDITIONAL PROFITS ON SLAVE WAGES... WHILE THE GOV'T JUST LAUGHTS AND AWARDS THE WEALTHY ANOTHER TAX CUT....

    NANNIES ??   TRY ABANDOMENT BY THE COMMIE REPUBLICANS....
     
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    In Response to Re: McAdam:Lackey's problems go beyond the mound:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: McAdam:Lackey's problems go beyond the mound : Then you as a parent should be doing those things with your children instead of relying on the government nanny system to raise them and culture them for you.
    Posted by WCPatsFan[/QUOTE]

    Spoken like the epitome of an uneducated man, perhaps one who never mentally reached out beyond beyond what his parents could offer.  You're either completely oblivious to the limited hours working class parents have to augment their kids' educations, or you're equally oblivious to the powerfull impact that hundreds of diverse, intellectually gifted "nanny-state" employees make in a child's life over the course of his education, assuming his parents let him show up for one.  

    "Nanny State" Schooling is the cornerstone of a viable democracy.  Disrespect it at your peril. 

    I believe the point was that Lackey is spoiled rotten.  How can you disagree with that? 
     
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    YOUR TEAXXBAGGERCLOWNS IGNORANCE MAY BE BLISS  IN YOUR EYES... IE   BOOTSTRAPE THEORY...

    IT IS KILLING THE REST OF US...

    WE AS A SOCIETY NEED TO CREATE GOALS AND WORK TOWARDS THEM WITH GOV'T LEADING THE WAY...  GOD HELP US IF REPUBLICANS WITH THEIR SELFISHNESS EVEN THINK OF MORE THAN THE WEALTHY...  AMERICANS DO WONDERFUL THINGS WHEN WE WORK WITH LARGE COOPERATIVE IDEAS WITH GOVERNMENT EMPOWERING PEOPLE WITH ORGANIZATION AND OPPORTUNITIES...  AND NOT SIMPLE MORANIC TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY WHO INVEST IN CHINA.. INDIA.. AND SCREW THE MIDDLE CLASS AMERICANS...

    TIME FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS TO KICK OUT THE IGNORANT TEAXXBAGGERSCLOWNS AND GET THOSE WHO WILL HELP THE MIDDLE CLASS PROGRESS WITH JOBS... AND NOT CONTINUE GIVING THE CHINESE  AND MULTINATIONALS FREE JOBS AND NO TAXES AND BALANCING BUDGETS ON THE MIDDLE CLASS BACK'S....
     
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    Re: McAdam:Lackey's problems go beyond the mound

    Lackey might need to take a Dominican vacation where he gets treated by both Dr. Pandora and Dr. Phil. 
     
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    John Lackey told reporters Monday that he spent most of the offseason in California because his wife, Krista, was being treated for breast cancer:

    Later, Lackey explained to WEEI.com that the “treatment” Krista Lackey was undergoing throughout the offseason was to combat breast cancer, which the Red Sox’ pitcher’s wife was diagnosed with just prior to Thanksgiving.

    Lackey, who was wearing a pink “Power Balance” bracelet on his left wrist as a way to further breast cancer awareness, explained that Krista “was doing really good,” and the University of New Hampshire graduate had caught the disease at a very early stage.

    Krista Lackey is a lifelong Red Sox fan who moved from Maine to Huntington Beach www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091224/GJSPORTS03/712239744/-1/sannews01" target="_blank">after college. She married Lackey in 2008.

     
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