John Lackey: Passionate pitches

Boston should appreciate pitcher's intensity, competitiveness

Updated: February 17, 2010, 3:12 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- If you believe a friend, John Lackey may need to revise his self-portrait.

"He calls himself a big country boy from Texas, claims he's a Texan," scoffs Brendan Donnelly, the former Boston Red Sox reliever and Lackey's teammate with the Los Angeles Angels from 2002 to 2006. "But ask him about his place in Newport Beach, and taking up residency in southern California.

"I think over the last several years, he's gotten a little soft on us. Hopefully, ...

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