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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: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 6:16 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

I seem to recall a time, not long ago, when this type of stuff only happened to the Yankees...

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 6:11 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

I clicked on a link about the Red Sox and inadvertently landed on an article about John Edwards. Weird.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 5:54 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

Wow, is Knobler this desperate for an article that he writes about Lackey's personal life.  Honestly I became too bored with the tabloid sensationalism practiced by unprofessional writers (bloggers) that is not worth reading.

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 5:40 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

I would say that Lackeys personal life has nothing to do with you at all.  How can sit here and write about that mans personal life when it has nothing , NOTHING, to do with you or baseball.  You freakin writers are part of the reason people go crazy.  If you are going to write about someone, write about what they do in sports.  Thats what you are paid for.  Not to write about his marriage or wife battling breast cancer.  If i were him, id be happy to take a simple assault charge for kickin your arse all over the place.  Teach you some manners.  Get a life dude.  Go slob a knob.  Thats why they call you knobler. 

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: September 26, 2011 5:26 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

Maybe the Boston Red Sawx fans are the shills! Pointing fingers at other teams for the Red Sox problems is typical of Red Sox Nation! Can't accept the fact that your pitching was never as good as advertised! The Nation has been fed up with Lackey all year! They were also fed up with Matzusaka, and if Bard and Lester continue in their struggles, the Nation will want their heads also. Accept the fact that it is late in the season, and your pitching is breaking down! Quit trying to shift the blame on the Yankees (shillsor even fans), for the Red Sox breaking down!!

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 5:23 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

Is Knobler actually blaming Lackey or the Red Sox for this? Life happens to everyone. The thing is, the comings and goings of the personal lives of obscure athletes (we're talking about Lackey and Bedard here...not Michael Jordan) didn't use to be newspaper fodder. Now it's a race to the bottom for today's "news" outlets. Life happens to everyone, including you, Knobler. Does that mean your personal comings and goings should be reported? Why now? You use the word "soap opera" now since they are swooning in a wild card race...but, if they were number 1 in the standings, would Bedard no longer have been served child support papers then? Think. Why with these guys? Most of all, why do you blame them? I'm sure they didn't ask for these intrusions into their private lives. Why aren't you similarly reporting on what the extended family situation is currently like for Scott Proctor or the financial situation of Sam Fuld? Sports news should not become tabloids for men, and I, for one, am disgusted with this brand of "journalism." Rise above...if you can.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 5:01 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

I hate to say it but The Red Sox are a soap opera.  Lackey is confrontational and a head case and a drama queen.  i bet Theo regrets the day he signed him.  I know redsox Nation does!

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:51 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

I remember seeing this scenario from an episode of Dallas, or was it Knots Landing?  Jeez, was it Laverne and Shirley?  Stick to what happens between the chalk. 

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:48 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

If I got that kind of message, I'd be pretty ticked off too.  And if something like this happened in private industry, anyone spreading such gossip would no doubt be severely reprimanded.

So has it ever occured to you to butt out of players' personal lives -- with both cheeks?

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:48 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

>>>>crap writing usually found in the STAR magazaine...write about something relevant, plenty of baseball left in the season, leave the personal stuff out of the sport.

You seem to be missing the point of the post - are Boston Red Sox players being targeted by Yankees (shills or even fans) who want to play with their heads before games?

If a political opponent will offer milions of dollars in order to get "dirt" on a rival politician, what will rival baseball owners/fans do?

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