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The beat writers were talking to John Lackey after his outing today, going into some detail about his transition from the Angels to the Red Sox. He kiddingly mentioned that Pedroia was louder than he thought he would be.
Sitting across the aisle in the clubhouse beneath the stands at Ed Smith Stadium, Pedroia couldn't help but interject himself into the conversation.
“You would have signed for five years at the league minimum so you wouldn’t have to face me,” he cracked.
Lackey laughed and said singles to right field didn't bother him.
“He’s been saying that crap for two weeks,” Lackey told the writers. “Don’t give him credit.”
On a more serious note, Terry Francona told a good story before the game about telling Lackey a few weeks ago that he would be the No. 3 starter because of everything Josh Beckett and Jon Lester had done for the organization.
Now that makes sense, of course. But Lackey is not some league-average chump off the street. He's the highest-paid player on the team, an All-Star, a World Series champion and had been the ace of a well-respected team in the Angels.
"You don’t want to whiff on some of those conversations. It was a big deal for him to come over here,” Francona said.
Lackey said were the situation reversed, he would have expected to stay atop the rotation
“This is their team, they’ve done a lot of things for this organization,” he said. “For him to show that kind of loyalty to them is the right thing to do, I think."
That tells you something about what kind of guy Lackey is.