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The Day I Felt Sorry for Lackey

After the sordid scrutiny of his private life by the media I may have felt a twinge of pity. When he had to have Tommy John surgery and missed the entirety of the 2012 season I resented seeing his seemingly surly face in the dugout. But by all accounts John Lackey worked hard to return to the game, saying and doing all the right things to be a standup teammate. So when he clutched his pitching arm after uncorking a wild pitch to Jose Reyes, I felt sorry for Lackey. The Canadian fans thought that Lackey was throwing at Reyes and booed him, but even after they realized it was an injury they continued to jeer. Even if it were animus directed at John Farrell, they could have realized the nuances of pitching injuries in baseball and realized this could be Lackey’s last major league memory. Jerry Remy seemed a bit put out that his partner Don Orsillo was two-timing him with the opposition’s color analyst Buck Martinez. Martinez and Orsillo had plans for dinner at a fancy restaurant (7:30, way too late for Remy). Orsillo claimed that he was going because Martinez would be paying, but the silver-haired broadcaster...

Triskaidekaphobic

Game 22: April 30, 2009 Red Sox0L: Josh Beckett (2-2)14-8, 1 game losing streak Rays13W: Matt Garza (2-2)9-14, 1 game winning streak Highlights: Terry Francona executed a perfect single switch in the bottom of the eighth. Jonathan Van Every made like that other Jonathan and closed out the game while Javier Lopez took over in right field. Perhaps like other players that play in that part of the field Lopez will take a little break from baseball activities. It says a lot when the worst thing about the game was a choice between Buck Martinez’s analysis, the ridiculous din of cowbells, or Matt Garza nearly nabbing a perfect game against your team. I wished that the cowbells were loud enough to drown out Martinez’s prattle about Garza’s almost perfect game, but knowing that Rays fans reveled in their self-created hullabaloo made it a half-hearted inclination.That was cute when Tropicana’s sound booth crew played “You Had a Bad Day” when Jason Bay flubbed a catch in the bottom of the fifth. He had done the same in the inning prior, too, so of course the Rays employees piled on.Wasn’t it a bit cheeky of Jacoby Ellsbury to call off Bay for...


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