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Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

Posted on: September 26, 2011 12:36 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 2:00 pm
 
I won't pretend to know what's going on in John Lackey's marriage, or in his obviously troubled mind.

But I will say this: Theo Epstein was wrong.

The Red Sox general manager insisted last week that his team is not a "soap opera." He was wrong.

The Red Sox most definitely are a soap opera, an increasingly bizarre soap opera, playing out alongside a bizarre wild-card race.

How does one affect the other?

That's just one more thing we don't know, and can't know.

We know that last week, a Yankee fan bragged on Facebook about serving Red Sox pitcher Erik Bedard with papers in a child support case, just hours before Bedard started a game against the Orioles.

We know that Sunday, Lackey said he received a text message just 30 minutes before taking the mound against the Yankees. The text was apparently related to a report that Lackey has filed for divorce from his wife Krista, who has been battling breast cancer.

The Lackey report showed up on TMZ.com, a website that normally deals with celebrity gossip -- and soap operas.

It made for a strange scene in the Red Sox clubhouse Sunday night, where most of the team was exhaling after a win that may have saved the Sox' season, while Lackey was steaming.

"Let's be honest one time," he snarled, in a question about three first-inning runs.

The honest truth about his pitching is that Lackey was good Sunday night, much better than he has been, good enough to help the Red Sox save their season.

The honest truth about Lackey's other issues is -- how do we know?

It sounds bad. Of course it does. And so many of us are inclined to believe it's bad, either because we find Lackey unnecessarily confrontational, or because we're mad about how bad he has been on the mound.

He's not exactly a sympathetic character, and wasn't, even before TMZ got involved.

How does one affect the other? Do his personal problems have anything to do with his pitching problems?

It can happen. I know that. I know that in years on the baseball beat, I've seen more than one player have a poor season that coincided with personal off-field issues.

In most of those cases, we never knew the full story, and didn't report the little that we did know. It wasn't done, and it still isn't done by most of the sports media.

We don't know the full story about John Lackey, not yet and maybe not ever. But in today's world, it does get reported, and in this world, Lackey and his team end up dealing with it.

The Red Sox have dealt with plenty in this strange month, from Bedard to Lackey to the report of a front-office "disconnect" that brought on Epstein's emphatic denial last week.

From all indications, he was right about the front office and manager Terry Francona. There doesn't seem to be a disconnect.

He was wrong about the soap opera.

This is a soap opera, and the next episode will play out Monday night in Baltimore.


Comments

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:47 am
 

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

Exactly. This article is total garbage. What an embarassment for CBS.



Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:44 am
 

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

The Red Sox are a sinking ship , jump off & save yourself while you can folks. The Band wagon hoppers will go back to there previous teams before the Red Sox first world series in 80 + years, and Red Sox Nation will be retired.


The Red Sox may be a sinking ship , but RSN is not. This team has about 800 sellouts in a row and only has 2 World Series Chanpionships in the past 90 years. Your team, the Rays couldn't sell out a single game if they were handing out Geritol and Depends to all the retired folks. You should be knocking the Red Sox, but not their fans...and maybe put your energy into trying to fill that Big Top Circus Tent your team plays in. That being said, I think the Rays are doing a great job this year and Joe Maddon is the best manager in the American League.



Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:35 am
 

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

theyankees beat texas 7 outta 9 this year.

What does that mean regarding the playoffs?  The Red Sox beat the Tigers 5 out of 6  this year. What your team has does in the past means absolutely nothing to anyone.



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:46 am
 

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

even as a yankee fan i have to agree with lackey on this.  the media is full of scumbags who don't care, they will lie, hack, take, and make up what ever they have to, all to get a story that has no business being in the public view.  someone's divorce is no one elses business.

they don't care about anyone personal problems being off limits.  if someone did that to me i'd be on fire and i'd have someone's head.  if i was loaded from playing baseball, i'd hire someother scumbag to follow around all the asshole media people and catch them cheating on their wives or doing something stupid and then i'd mail all the pictures to the neighbors and the parents of their kid's friends, their co workers, ect.  f them  i hate the media they need a taste of their own medicine  




Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:01 am
 

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

Check that noles the Red Sox are a sinking nation , just like the miami dolphins .. It is hard to keep a straight face when talking about miami Lol the thing is the red sox management will fix it and they will be back next year ,the dolphins "not for a long time"
I thought this story was about baseball? what to do the Miami Dolphins have to do with The Red Sox and one of the most epic collapses in sports history?

If you want to bring peoples teams into it from other sports, how about them Minnesota Timberwolves!!!!! yea baby, maybe they can break the 20 win barrier when the season kicks off.. go Wolves!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Dec 9, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:44 pm
 

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

Son ... the Yanks would like nothing better than for the Sox to make the post-season, 'cause  the Sox pose no threat whatosoever to the Yanks.  The Yanks ain't laying down for nobody



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:43 pm
 

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

You are an idiot. The Yankees had a AAA line up Sunday against Boston and even brought in Proctor at the end of the game. They basically tanked that game when they didn't pinch hit Arod or Jeter in the bottom of the ninth. To say they went all out is incredibly stupid.



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

Yeah and they beat them 6 out of 9 last yer what happened , the playoffs re different and unless the cheeseburger kid can pitch 4 games the yanks will lose in the playoffs just like they have every year (except one) this century



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:24 pm
 

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

Check that noles the Red Sox are a sinking nation , just like the miami dolphins .. It is hard to keep a straight face when talking about miami Lol the thing is the red sox management will fix it and they will be back next year ,the dolphins "not for a long time"



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

theyankees beat texas 7 outta 9 this year.


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