John Lackey had another miserable outing, giving up five runs in just three and one-third innings yesterday, and the Red Sox offense could not get things going as they dropped their second straight game to the San Diego Padres, 5-1 at Fenway Park. Get all the links this morning at RedSoxLinks.com.
Lackey was not chatty following the game, and that became the major story of the day, as some of the local reporters remain somewhat sympathetic about his plight, while outsiders such as the clueless and callous Peter King (Is there a less self-aware man on the planet?) chided Lackey for not explaining his struggles further simply because he has a huge contract.
Lackey has been awful this season. Just terrible, and his signing looks worse and worse every day. But if I was doing lousy at my job and my wife was undergoing cancer treatment, I’m not sure I would be too chatty with reporters, either. Criticize him for his performance on the field. Maybe he shouldn’t be pitching. But to do what King did and demand that Lackey explain himself to the media? Ridiculous.
Here are the local articles on Lackey, most of which are fair and objective:
John Lackey left at a loss to explain poor start – Rich Thompson, Boston Herald.
Lackey has tenuous grip – Nick Cafardo, Globe.
Lackey isn’t winning the PR game either – Brian MacPherson, Projo.
Is there hope for John Lackey? – Alex Speier, WEEI.com.
John Lackey gets sloppy in Fenway slop – Joe McDonald, ESPNBoston.
Wet and wild: Lackey can’t handle Padres – CSNNE.com.
The Red Sox are off tonight and head to Pittsburgh for a weekend series with the Pirates.
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Mark Messier’s leadership award goes to Zdeno Chara – Harris’ notebook has the Bruins captain also taking home some hardware last night.
Now’s the time to make a draft night trade – Tim Weisberg thinks that Danny Ainge needs to make a bold move tonight.
Celtics aren’t getting their hopes up – Peter May says that the Celtics do not have high expectations for tonight.
Celtics know their limits – Julian Benbow also says that the Celtics aren’t hoping for much help tonight.
Celtics just looking for a piece of the puzzle – Michael Muldoon has them just looking for a role player. He also touts Tyler.
Ainge filters Doc Rivers’ wants, needs – Steve Bulpett has Danny Ainge needing to have selective hearing when it comes to his coach’s input. Bulpett also has his mock draft where he thinks the Celtics have their eye on BC guard Reggie Jackson.
Seven possible targets for Celtics with 25th pick in draft – Kevin McNamara looks at some possible Celtics picks.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers has had eventful offseason – Jim Fenton looks at what the Celtics coach has been up to since the season ended.
The drafting of Len Bias: An oral history – Rather than once again going over the death of Bias, Kirk Minihane looks at how the Celtics got in position to draft him in the first place.
New proposal not hostile to players – Tom E Curran has a very good breakdown of where things stand in the NFL labor negotiations.
Watney Name Has Different Meaning In New England – Jeff Jacobs talks to cousins Nick and Heidi Watney about growing up together and both being in the sports business.
Touching them all – Lenny Megliola reports on a baseball league for disabled children co-founded by 98.5FM morning co-host Rich Shertenlieb.