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John Lackey fined for plunking Cervelli

Sep 1, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

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Appropos of that earlier post, Rob Bradford of WEEI is reporting that Red Sox pitcher John Lackey was fined an undisclosed amount for hitting Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli on Tuesday night.

I for one am shocked — shocked! — that Major League Baseball did not accept Lackey’s word that he wasn’t really trying to hit Cervelli.  And really, if we can’t take each other at our words, society really doesn’t have a chance, does it.

Free John Lackey.  Or not.  Whatever.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 1, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    I am sure there are some(many…all) Red Sox fans out there a little disappointed he wasn’t suspended for a month or two as well.

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 1, 2011 at 9:52 AM

      You can include me in that camp.

    • baseballisboring - Sep 1, 2011 at 1:09 PM

      Indefinitely…and without pay. That’s the only punishment that suits his heinous pitch…AHEM…actions.

      • goose3416 - Sep 1, 2011 at 1:42 PM

        You knw its sad as fans you degrade this guy cuz he struggles with pitching. Baseballs a mental game. Example A: Zack Greinke….. Anyways its prolly extremely hard to focus on the game when the one thing you love more than the game of baseball, your wife, is battling for her life. Battling breast cancer… Idk bout anyone on here but if the person you loved the most was dying you wouldnt be doing ur job 100percent the best..Hes a awesome pitcher, he knws he is lettin ppl down, n i guarentee that he hates letting fans down. Cut him a break

      • baseballisboring - Sep 1, 2011 at 2:09 PM

        I was really just kidding. I know pitching is hard. Would it be more PC to say “I wish Theo didn’t give him 82 million”? His stuff is flat as hell and he’s been getting knocked around all year. I’m not the type to boo him at Fenway or tell him he sucks on the street. I’m just trying to give myself a little comic relief on a message board that he probably doesn’t know exists.

      • goose3416 - Sep 1, 2011 at 2:17 PM

        ohhh gotchya… well u understand what i mean tho? its frustrating seeing ppl bash a guy who cant focus cuz his wife is sick… an thats anyone from on here to announcers on tv

  2. pisano - Sep 1, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Lackey reminds me of Gomer Pyle….. and pitches like him too.

    • Old Gator - Sep 1, 2011 at 9:50 AM

      But Gomer could sing beautifully. Maybe they should just record Lackey singing the Star Spangled Boehner and play it at all Red Socks games so the fans aren’t peer-pressured into giving themselves laryngeal nodules trying to croak and shriek their way through that particular musical atrocity.

  3. yankeesgameday - Sep 1, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    As Shaquille O’Neil once said, and I paraphrase, ‘fine me? Big deal, that’s less than the FICO deductions from my weekly paycheck.”

    • yankeesgameday - Sep 1, 2011 at 9:57 AM

      Fico? Fica. Whatever.

      • Old Gator - Sep 1, 2011 at 10:38 AM

        FICA. Fico is a dog’s name.

        But speaking of automatic deductions, here’s a great idea: let’s fine pitchers automatically for whenever they hit a batter, no matter the reason, accidental or not. Then, let’s add surcharges for intentionality (if implied) and a graduated scale of penalties for injuring a player. That will have the effect of forcing pitchers to stay over the plate, drive up the offensive numbers that baseball fans who like lots of offense (ie, boring fans) love, and make that Neanderthal atrocity, the designated hitter, irrelevant. That way, the designatedhitterball league can go back to playing real baseball.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 1, 2011 at 12:14 PM

        …because it is somehow fun to watch guys with double-digit batting averages come to the plate? I do enjoy the fact that there are some differences between the leagues, but if I never have to watch a pitcher bat with bases empty it will be too soon.

      • Old Gator - Sep 1, 2011 at 12:31 PM

        Because the necessity for difficult strategic decisions interrupts your torpor?

      • phukyouk - Sep 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM

        I though Indiana was the dogs name?

      • Kevin S. - Sep 1, 2011 at 2:26 PM

        Please explain the “difficult strategic decisions” canard. Pitcher comes up with runners on and less than two outs? Bunt. Eight hitter comes up with a base open and two outs? Walk. Pitchers routinely not giving a rat’s ass about their plate appearance? A far greater traveshamockery of the game than an actual competent hitter coming to the plate in his place. The actual instances of having to decide between taking advantage of a leveraged offensive situation against leaving an effective starter in the game are far fewer than proponents of pitchersswingingwiththeirthumbsuptheirasses-ball acknowledge.

  4. bobwsc - Sep 1, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    no fine for Cervelli referencing himself in 3rd person? he’s no Ricky Henderson…

  5. bert5411 - Sep 1, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Typical Red Sox. Hate when Yankees out do them. It was obvious he hit Cervelli on purpose. Lets just keep it real.

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