Boston Red Sox right-hander John Lackey certainly struggled his first two years in Boston, posting a 4.40 ERA in 2010 and 6.41 ERA in 2011.
But come to find out, he pitched through tremendous pain with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, forcing him to undergo Tommy John surgery after the 2011 season.
He worked hard during his year and a half rehab and he is back this year and possibly stronger than ever.
He has a 3.23 ERA in 19 starts. He’s pitching near the level he was at in 2007 for the Angels when he went 19-9 with an AL-best 3.01 ERA and two shutouts. He finished third for the AL Cy Young that summer.
Lackey went one-on-one the with Eagle-Tribune baseball reporter Christopher “Smitty” Smith on Tuesday to discuss a number of different topics.
Smitty: Coming to Boston, what food have you discovered from this area and enjoy the most?
Lackey: The lobster up here — the lobster mac and cheese, lobster, just lobster everything (laughing).
Smitty: What do you like about Boston and do you have any favorite spots?
Lackey: I just like how it’s a big city but it doesn’t feel like it. It’s real walkable. You can go down to Newbury (Street) and just walk around. I went to Stephanie’s for lunch today on Newbury Street. Great place.
Smitty: Fans like you now. I’m not sure if they liked you before.
Lackey: Honestly, whose fault is that?
Smitty: So if you had to do it all over again, would you sign with Boston? Are you glad you came here?
Lackey: I’ve met a lot of guys on the team that are going to be lifelong friends. Love the guys on the team. So for sure. Yeah.
Smitty: Do you cook?
Lackey: No, no, I can’t cook at all. I order pizza really well.