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Lackey: 'Everything in my life sucks right now'

Posted on: May 12, 2011 10:54 am
By Matt Snyder

After another awful outing on the hill, John Lackey might have revealed he has deeper problems than his pitching effectiveness.

At first, he sounded like a run-of-the-mill frustrated athlete forced to talk to media immediately after a bad performance.

“Everything went wrong that could go wrong,” he said. “It’s pretty much the story of the whole damn year.”

But then things sounded worse. Much worse, in fact, when given context.

“Everything in my life sucks right now, to be honest with you.” (Boston Herald)

Lackey's never really been the type of quote machine to believe this is a simple overreaction. In response to follow up questions to his last statement, Lackey reportedly just said he'd like his personal life to remain personal. The Boston Herald noted that during spring training Lackey told that his wife was fighting breast cancer and spent the offseason getting treatment. Lackey has not said a word on the subject since.

Last night, Eye on Baseball's Evan Brunell suggested the Red Sox find a reason to remove Lackey from the starting rotation (this was before the post-game interview happened, so it wasn't insensitive in the least). There are options concerning Lackey's comments after the game -- assuming it wasn't simply blowing off steam. The Dodgers placed Hong Chih-Kuo on the disabled list with anxiety disorder Wednesday. The Red Sox could find a similar label to throw on a leave of absence for Lackey.

And, really, if Lackey is having such deep-rooted personal demons, the last thing everyone should be worried about is what the Red Sox do with their starting rotation. The concern should be for Lackey and his family.

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Lackey: 'Everything in my life sucks right now'

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Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2011 12:25 am

Lackey: 'Everything in my life sucks right now'

The concern should be for Lackey and his family.

but drphil loves to put down folks who have cancer.  Justice in this life, would be for him to get cancer.  That would be karma.

Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 12:39 pm

Lackey: 'Everything in my life sucks right now'

Hey Halo

Let me see if I follow your logic.  Dude's wife has breast cancer, the woman that he's loved for many years, and since he has a lot of money to throw at the disease everything should be Ok.  So what's the problem you ask. doesn't cure cancer.  Oh and there is this other thing called emotion, which we all have to deal with at one time or another and everyone deals with their emotions differently.  My god, you're such a jerk off you make me look like Dr. Phil.

Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: May 13, 2011 12:31 pm
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Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: May 13, 2011 10:27 am

Lackey: 'Everything in my life sucks right now'

let me get this straight.  this guy makes $16.5M a year to play a child's game and he says what?  he makes $100K a week to throw a baseball but he sits on his arse for four or five of those seven days.  if Lackey needs a two-week holiday to sort out his life, i'll take his place and throw two games in his stead.  i'm sure the red sox organization can assume they will lose at least two games during the year, so let it be at the very least the two games i can pitch for them.  i could certainly use the cash and he won't miss that $200K anyway, right?  another point: with $16.5M per year, he can afford top-notch healthcare, including cancer specialist from the planet jupiter if he needs it.  sure it sucks to have a loved one (especially a spouse) to have any life threatening circumstance, but hey at least he's rich and can afford to properly treat the disease.  that's a much better situation than most people face everyday.  buck up, johnny, and count your blessings.

Since: Oct 2, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 10:26 am
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2011 6:34 am

Lackey: 'Everything in my life sucks right now'

Red Sawx nation is very compationate....oh wait, they`re not at all are they?  Carl Crawford & Lacky can bond over being overpaid & hated. Stay classy Boston. 

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: May 12, 2011 10:53 pm

Lackey: 'Everything in my life sucks right now'

Lackey's line, 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 SO, 94 P, after the completed 6th inning; very respectable game, nicely DONE. go down weakly in the top of the 7th, six outs left and they trail by one-run going to the bottom of the 7th inning.

Lackey starts the 7th by walking Patterson on four straight pitches, Bautista lines Lackey's 99th-pitch to deep left-center.

Lackey looks like he may be done, 99 P, men on first and second, no outs, and the Sox are down one-run; bullpen's ready, RIGHT?, because there should have been someone warming-up after the end of the 6th. 

Lackey's line, 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 1 SO, 99 P, at that moment in the game, was still respectable.

5 hitters and 19 pitches later, TITO FINALLY REALIZES LACKEY IS DONE!

6.2 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 3 BB, 1 SO, 118 P, and Lackey exits the game, after getting BOMBED;
after the game is now out-of-reach, leaving Lackey answering questions about what went wrong.

WHAT WENT WRONG?, his coach left him in the game an inning too long, that's what went wrong! 

And then Tito came up with this quote, "He left it over the middle a few times."

Try saying something like, "I left Lackey in the game one inning and 24 pitches too long."

How many times is this going to happen Coach? A one-run game, 94 pitches, 2,3,4, hitters coming up, you may need to change pitchers!

Lackey battled, he treated you better than you treated him.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:29 pm

Lackey: 'Everything in my life sucks right now'

These people are human beings.  They get distracted by personal issues JUST LIKE ANYONE ELSE.  If you're even a remotely normal human being you respond with some degree of compassion and sympathy.  The fact that he's a professional athlete who makes $16 million a year doesn't give you an excuse to throw him under the bus as a person because he's screwing up your fantasy team.  I don't know how we ever expect this to be a great country again when we don't even know how to respect each other anymore.

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