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SI’s ‘Fortunate 50’ includes three Sox

Sports Illustrated published its list of the 50 highest-paid athletes in the United States.

The list is based on salary (or winnings), signing bonuses, endorsements, etc.

You’ll be pleased (or furious) to know that three Red Sox made the top 50. John Lackey was 26th at $21.7 million. Josh Beckett was 43rd at $17.5 million and David Ortiz was 47th at $17 million.

The Yankees had five players — A-Rod, Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett — in the top 50. A-Rod, Jeter and Sabathia were the only baseball players in the top 25.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, are 15-12 in the games started by Lackey and Beckett.

Now before you get all “these athletes are all greedy @%$#2*!” please know that if they published the list of the 50 most wealthy owners, it would make the players look like panhandlers.

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