FORT MYERS, Fla. ó This morning's Globe features an exclusive in-depth interview with John Lackey.
Here's a little more from the interview that didn't make the story:
On repairing his image in Boston: "Pitching better and us winning will cure a lot of things. This is a results business. I haven't had good results. The fans want to see me pitch well."
On his 2010 season: "I was 14-11 and if I had won one more game, it probably would have looked a lot better. Fifteen just seems like a better number. I think I was better than people say. If you pitch 200 innings in the majors, something is going right for you."
On dealing with the Boston media: "It has been difficult. I donít read a lot or go on the computer. But it has affected my family and friends more than it has affected me. You hear it from those kind of people. You donít want to hear stuff like that from your mom. Itís different. But theyíve learned to deal with it as I have.Ē
On being a first baseman in high school and college: "I loved it, I really did. Pitching was what the scouts wanted me to do and it was a no-brainer because I wanted to get to the big leagues. But I still think like a position player. I try and pitch fast because I know the guys don't want to play behind somebody working slow. And I try and support the guys in the dugout because I know how hard it is."
On the Dodgers trade last season: "It was kind of a shock. Within the clubhouse, guys were wondering what it meant. You're not expecting that to happen. For those guys who got traded, I think they were more than OK with it. ... For me, I want to stay here and be part of turning it around. It would be great to bring this team back and get in the playoffs again. That is the goal."
On the idea that he dislikes Fenway Park: "Not true. I didn't have success there early in my career but it was better my last few years with the Angels. You have to forget about the wall and just pitch. I like the atmosphere, actually. The fans are into the game."
On John Farrell: "Good move. He knows the pitching staff and he's a straight shooter. You're going to get the truth. ... I've had three managers here and, what, 17 pitching coaches? It has been a little crazy. But it feels like things have settled down now. It's good for everybody."