John Lackey will win you over
His body language may always be terrible, and the stain on his reputation remains from his role in the beer and chicken nonsense in September 2011. But after missing the entire 2012 season after Tommy John surgery, he’s arrived in camp in terrific shape. He told the Globe’s Peter Abraham in a recent candid interview that his elbow didn’t feel right for three years, lending credence to the theory that he was damaged goods when the Red Sox signed him in December 2009. He deserves credit for pitching through the misery, and perhaps his image will change should he find something resembling the form that made him one of the AL’s most dependable pitchers from 2005-08.