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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: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:25 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera


Since: Jul 31, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:23 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

lackey is horible!!! shitty person and a worse pitcher. we overpaid because he was only big name pithcer out that year!!!!!!!!!!sooo lets get the seson over and at the witer meetings see if we can get something for him if not designate his ass for assignment!!!!!

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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:20 pm
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Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:07 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera


"Dude? Who does your scalp?"

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:00 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

I refuse to feel sorry for a pitcher who make's over15M/year with an era close to 6.He's never been a team player & I'll bet the rest of the team has had enough of his antics everytime a player doesn't make the play.It would be human nature to miss a couple on intentionally just to tick him off.I hope something happens during the offseason so we don't have to deal with this jerk anymore.I rank Lackey just above Vick & just below Bonds.He's Roger Clemons without the talent.

Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:57 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

I Agree !

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:40 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

John Lackey is not a handsome man. Lackey is not a good looking man, nor would anyone even call him cute.  John Lackey is a big ugly gump..with a ugly personality,

Lackey is the kind of guy who could never even get a woman if he did not have a MLB contract.

I feel sorry that his ex-wife has to deal with Lackeys cheating.   As far as the Red-Sox go..another huge blunder in giving Lackey the deal he got.

Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:06 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

This is so stupid.  Usually these bad articles are just regurgitated stories from other sports sources.  Now they have stooped to regurgitating TMZ stories.  If you want to call it a soap opera, then you are an idiot, because its actually called life.  We all live it, except apparently this writer who doesn't have one so couldn't possibly understand when someone else tries to live theirs.  Write about how bad these guys are pitching, not how bad they are living and the soap opera goes away, get it.

Since: May 18, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 3:01 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera


Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 2:26 pm

Check that -- Red Sox are a soap opera

Knobler must have not had his V8 this morning....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.

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