FORT MYERS, Fla. - He was the poster boy for bad behavior last year. In a season of Red Sox woes, nobody sunk lower than John Lackey. Early in the season, Lackey told us, “everything in my life sucks right now,’’ and then things got worse.
Lackey went 12-12 with a hideous 6.41 ERA. His wife battled cancer. He appeared to be showing up his teammates and his manager. He became withdrawn. He called out the media on the night of his final start in New York. After the season imploded in Baltimore, he was outed as one of the ringleaders of the “chicken-and-beer’’ brigade. He underwent Tommy John surgery and was ruled out of the 2012 season. He got divorced.
He never talked about any of it. Always a stand-up guy and a clubhouse leader in eight seasons with the Angels, Red Sox Lackey came off as a reclusive athlete who hates Boston.
Despite all of the above, he chose to rehab with the Red Sox this year. He’s in the clubhouse every day, doing his work, talking only to teammates and clubbies.
Monday morning, in a near empty clubhouse at JetBlue Park (the Sox bus already had left for Clearwater) Lackey agreed to answer a few questions.
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