1. He's had a remarkably similar career to one of his new teammates
In his eight seasons in the big leagues, John Lackey is 102-71 with a 3.81 ERA in 233 starts. In seven seasons, Josh Beckett is 106-68 with a 3.79 ERA in 235 starts. In 2002, as a 22-year-old rookie, Lackey was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the World Series. In 2003, in his first full season at age 23, Beckett pitched a shutout in the Series-clinching Game 6 at Yankee Stadium. And it's not just their numbers that are similar -- like Beckett, Lackey hails from Texas, and they both have been known to show their emotions on the mound.
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