John Lackey pitched some of the better games of his career at Fenway Park this season, propping up the rotation for much of June and July when Clay Buchholz went on the disabled list and Jon Lester was ineffective.
He also stood tall in the pennant race, pitching well in big games against the Orioles and Yankees.
“There’s no way we do what we do without Lack,” Buchholz said last week.
But not once did Lackey tip his cap when he left the mound at Fenway.
For Lackey, no cloying ovation could sweep clear the memories of his first three seasons with the Red Sox.
Now Lackey starts Game 6 of the World Series Wednesday night for the Red Sox against the Cardinals at Fenway. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.