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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, 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.


Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:20 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

I think they should change the name of this site to...."The CBS National Enquirer of Sports".com
Its appropriate.

Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:19 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

The yanks went all out this weekend to beat boston , which was good but tonight the laid down for the rays .. Which is cool because the yanks dont want boston in , but karma is always a funny thing first off i doubt the yankees will beat texas but wouldn't that be something if the get by texas and have to play the Rays and lose (that would be unbelievably funny ) and then the Rays would have the privelage of losing the world series to the national league lmao

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2011 8:34 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

Why on earth did John Lackey file for divorce during the season?  Throwing that kind of distraction and emotional turmoil onto his plate when he should have all his focus on winning games hasn't done the Red Sox any favors.  He could have officially separated from his wife for the rest of the season and dealt with the divorce in the off-season.

With his attitude and his performance of late, would Boston be better off without him?

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 8:31 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

Knobler can't get out of Boston. He's written about them every single day since August.
Maybe talk to somebody in Detroit.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 8:26 pm

wow they might as well

They might as well run a story about the fact pedroia is having a tough time dealing with the fact his brother performed fellatio on young boys.
cmon now


Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2011 8:24 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

Well, I'm an A's fan; so, I don't have much to cheer about these days.  But it is fun to watch the dynamics change among teams.  The Red Sox are a super team going through a bad patch.  Some of their guys want to win badly and are giving it one helluva shot.  Ellsbury is just awesome, no other word for it.  He is not a soap opera.  He is not a part of one.  Every team is going to have head cases, starting back as far as you go in a career, even to Babe Ruth ball and High school.  You don't have to like someone to admire him.  I personally don't like Johnny Damon for some of the things he has said in the past, but, boy, is he carrying Tampa right now or what?  Forget about the histrionics off the field.  This Wild Card race is hella fun to watch.

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 7:21 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

Boomer_Larkin... you're the idiot here.  People like you are what's wrong with the world today.  Mind your own business, fix your own personal shortcomings, and quit worrying about what everybody else has, says, or does in their personal life.  Now shut your pie-hole and get back to your soap-operas. 

Since: Feb 18, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 7:13 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

Everyone complaining about writers writing about the personal lives of players are idiots. Absolute idiots. Thanks to the Internet, writers know exactly which subjects generate the most interest. And bad news or sensational news always gets more interest than Pitcher X was effective for six innings, "I was getting my changeup over. That was the key," kind of stories. Look at the comments on this story. It struck a nerve with a lot of people.

Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 6:43 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

Knob head, you are out of line with this article. As a Red Sox fan, I can't stand Lackey because of his pitching performance, not because of his personal life. What the hell business is it of yours or any Media Talking Head regarding ANY professional athelete's marital situations. He is not a wife beater, which is more reason the public needs to stay out of his business. This was a garbage article that does not belong in ANY sports venue. Stick to sports stories and pretend you are entitled to the title of Sports Writer.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2011 6:27 pm

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.

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