Back in 2002 I met John Lackey. I was the AAA Omaha Royals batboy/clubbie, and worked the visiting teams side. He was a nice guy.
Not long after that I got orders to deploy with the Air Force, and next thing you know I am in the middle of the desert. So I walk into my section, tired and kind of overwhelmed (my first deployment), and while my new boss is showing me around I notice the TV is on…the World Series…and John Lackey was starting Game 7. It was kind of surreal.
Lackey pitched well that game, 5 IP, 4 hits and 4 K’s. He would get the win.
Lackey has had a rough time of it that past couple seasons with Boston. It kind of sucks. I always root pretty hard for Boston, and all of its players, to fail…but I would not mind at all for Lackey to at least be league average with them. Last season he actually was not terrible–10-13 with a 3.52 ERA, so maybe there is still something left in the tank.
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