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John Lackey on Nelson Cruz: “Not even going to comment … I’ve got nothing to say about him”

Jul 6, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

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Nelson Cruz went 5-for-5 with two doubles, a homer, and two singles as the Orioles won the nightcap of a Fenway Park doubleheader on Saturday against the Red Sox. John Lackey was on the other end of that offensive outburst, tallying a season-high-matching 11 strikeouts but surrendering five runs on 10 hits as the host Red Sox fell to 39-48 (.448) on the year.

The right-hander was then asked about Cruz in his postgame media scrum and offered this (via Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun):

“I’m not even going to comment on him,” Lackey said. “I’ve got nothing to say about him. There are some things that I would like to say, but I’m not going to. You guys forget pretty conveniently about stuff.”

Lackey is of course referring to the 50-game performance-enhancing drug suspension that Cruz was handed last year for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. What’s “convenient” in this case is bringing up an already-served punishment — however vaguely — after taking a beating on the mound.

Cruz did his time. And now he’s tied for the MLB lead in both home runs and RBI.

143 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Lee Durocher - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    It just seems like a case of sour grapes for Lackey who is just reflecting the frustration that the Red Sox have felt all season. They are hardly playing like defending champs. The team’ slack of offense this year has been its downfall. Everybody had been waiting to see this team turn it around this season (somehow). The Red Sox can not blame others for their shortcomings and need to focus on some run production.

    • gizmo61 - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      What you are seeing is standard Red Sox obsfuscation. Get the attention off the truth as fast as you can and believe your own lies. Lackey was a kingpin in the 2012 cancer ridden Red Sox clubhouse and is a walking time bomb.

      • Lee Durocher - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        Could not agree with you more gizmo.

      • rje49 - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        Well, it’s not like the benefits of steroid use just disappear after a suspension, ya know? Besides, it wasn’t Lackey who brought up the subject of steroid user’s performance.
        Sure, the Red Sox’ production has been anemic this year, but that’s got nothing to do with this.

    • boogerhill - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Sour grapes from a guy who is so ugly only mom could love, and his own DH roided for many, many years, ROIDtiz!

      • hiflew - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        ROIDtiz? Really? Is that the best you’ve got?

        Like Lincoln said, ” It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool that to speak out and remove all doubt.”

      • boogerhill - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        Released by the Twins, before he roided, he was NOTHING!

      • drewsylvania - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        boogerbrain likes to ignore his actual statistics in the minors and with the Twins, much as the Twins did.

      • playball - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        I’ll bet you are smokin’ hot.

    • kesler86 - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      rje49-you nailed it on the head! Lackey is a headcase, but let’s be sensible here. Cruz didn’t just lose his power overnight because he may have stopped using. What beef-up an athlete gets from roids stays with them for 2-4 years depending on how much they used. Furthermore, who said he stopped? Many of these guys just go on to the next best thing that can’t be detected and is not on the testing list. I’m trying to remember the last time a player claimed he stopped and then we saw him lose 25 pounds of muscle and reverted back to 13 HR’s a year like he hit prior to the juice. He’s still juiced. If he wasn’t he wouldn’t be hitting homers at a rate much higher than any other time in his career. “Served his time”??? Roids is serving it for him!!

    • crcoord - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      he’s a cheater, like McGuire, sosa, bonds, and the rest of them, they should be banned from baseball

      • topman12 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        I totally agree wirh crcoord. Players, coaches, etc should be banned from baseball if found guilty of drug abuse. Period!

  2. dfleek - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Lackey just keep crying. You sucked Saturday

    • gizmo61 - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      He is reflecting his team perfectly.

    • dstark9 - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Yeah, funny if it was A-Rod you would be backing Lackey up…..

    • boogerhill - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      And still ugly!

  3. barrybondsisthealltimehomerunking - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    If you don’t like it have the union change it to a career suspension. Otherwise he served his time you need to get over it. Having said that it’s not like he failed a test, so if he was doing it before without getting caught there is a really good chance he is stilling doing it.

    • crcoord - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      so that makes it right? sheesh

    • r1morris - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      It’s amazing how many people comment on something they know nothing about. Let me educate you. Cruz was at home in the DR in the fall off season 2012. He got very sick and lost 40 lbs. Between Nov & Dec 2012 he took different medications to help him recover from his illness. The meds were taken only between Nov & Dec 2012. A year later the league police decided he took a drug that was on the banned list, so they issued the suspension. Anyone that puts him in the league of ped cheaters is an idiot. This guy is a monster with a bat and needs no ped’s to hit 40+ homers a year. If you don’t know that, then you know nothing about him.

  4. gizmo61 - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Lackey is a big crybaby and of all people, this guy who yells at his own teammates when they screw up and divorced his wife when she had cancer, he ought to learn to shut up. His game sucked. His team sucks. They will be in last place soon and the pressure will get unbearable again. He is reacting to it all. As to Cruz, the rules got followed. Like all the rest of them. He doesn’t like the rules, go on strike to make the union rules get changed. Good luck with that, jawbone. Maybe you could take your anger out and throw at someone like Dempster did. Lot of good that did, except the union agreed punishment for intentionally trying to harm a hitter is way too light for pitchers who do it.

  5. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    And the “John Lackey’s Wild Ride Rollercoaster” is departing the station. Hang on folks, it’s gonna get ugly. We’re only a few more bad weeks away from full blown 2011 crazy John. Just sit back and enjoy the ride as the Red Sox fall farther and farther out of contention.

    • boogerhill - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      Funny, you used the word “ugly” when talking about Lackey!

      • playball - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:58 PM

        What’s your thing with calling him ugly?

        Your remarks about him are leaning that way.

  6. realgone2 - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    I love it when Lackey gets rocked. He’s such a tool.

  7. scoobies05 - Jul 6, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    so Cruz served his suspension and now lackey is whining because a drug free player bashed him around. too funny

  8. jimeejohnson - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Lackey: you freakin’ baby: you sucked, Cruz destroyed you, and you lose.

  9. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Apparently winy baby syndrome is running rampant in the Red Sox clubhouse…

    • dakota457 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      whats winy?

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        Very good. You caught me in a typ-o. [/slowclap]

  10. annapterp - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Is there a more classless team than the Red Sox?!?!? With Ortiz, Lackey, Pedroia and the rest of these whiners they are easier to hate than even the Yankees. Bunch of frauds and punks.

    • dakota457 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Obviously by your words, that would be ANY TEAM YOUR SORRY ASS ROOTS FOR…YOU MAJOR DOUCHE

      • annapterp - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:25 PM

        Your comment makes no sense. Learn to form a sentence with meaning before you post please. Otherwise you just sound inbred and ignorant.

    • olaffek - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      We know, we know. Your team has been unjustly manhandled and brutalized by the Red Sox for years. You’re not alone.

    • dakota457 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Okay “Miss” annapterp. I kan right dis like you shood understood. Done righted like the, how did you say that wird, in-bread pepel like yu wood comprahand…

      annapterp, your words are the writting of a poor white trash pretend sports fan who gets their kicks out of trash talking a team, it’s orginazation and it’s fans. When you slap someone, you can’t take it back can you?
      You have the nerve to call these ball players PUNKS because you have a deep hatred for them. I would pay a years salary to see you step it up and say it to one of therir faces, hell, just say it to a mans face and not on the computer…In your mommies basement while eating frozen pizza rolls she made for you and drolling over a Justin Bieber poster….
      Try being a real sports fan. There are many teams I dislike, but I am a grown up and will not post hatred for all to read.
      Maybe you also need to learn puncuations.

    • topman12 - Jul 6, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      Yes, Virginia, there is a more classless team than the Boston Red Sox; it’s the Texas Rangers and the yankee with Jon Daniels at the controls. Please change the team name to anything without the word “Texas’ in it. Jon Daniels has brought shame to the State of Texas!

      • r1morris - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:51 AM


    • dakota457 - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Oh yeah, annapturd, my comment must obviously had made good sence to your “special brain”, it made you angry:):):)

      • annapterp - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:47 AM

        Hahaha. Keep commenting as each time you do it reinforces my case. You just can’t get out of your own way can you. hahaha

    • dakota457 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      Alllrighty then anna I will keep em coming to amuse you. I see you and the other maybe Yankee fans are jumping on board.

      But first miss teacher, teach me proper sentences and puncuation, please do that for me. I do say miss only because your name is anna, unless youre a cross dresser.

      But if you are an “anna” then dont speak about things you dont undrerstand and don’t preach hatred. Why psot hateful comments, are you sad and lonely with nothing better to do.

      Im having fun making you angry!!! If it didnt you would simply ignore me…

  11. markjurczak2013 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Time and time again…. the Red Sox continue to be the most classless organization in all of organized team sports. There are so many examples they aren’t even worth listing, but this team is full of a bunch of pieces of crap.

    • markjurczak2013 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      To even bring up steroids with the abusers this club has had is ridiculous!

      • olaffek - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        Abusers? You mean like abusing other MLB teams for ten years?

    • dakota457 - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      as are you…a huge piece of imature low class CRAP……………..

      • annapterp - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        Again, please try and form sentences if possible. Otherwise you’re very difficult for educated people to understand.

  12. sacbombero - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    If Lasix surgery was illegal and a player has his vision corrected, he can serve a suspension and still see better than before. You can’t tell me that Cruz’s standout season has nothing to do with his past use of PED’s. You can greatly improve your physical abilities with PED’s and still maintain that improvement after serving a suspension.

    • hiflew - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      You win the award for most ignorant comment on the Internet today and believe me that is really something special.

      First off, you have no idea WHEN Cruz took PEDs, you only know that his name was on a ledger. He could’ve taken them in 2005 when he was with the Brewers. Do you think they would still be in his system now?

      And speaking of that, steroids do not last that long in your system. Most people when juicing have to inject every two weeks or so. Even if he juiced the day before his suspension, the effects wouldn’t last the duration of his suspension, let alone almost an entire calendar year.

      Finally, PEDs did not make this man a great baseball player. PEDs do not give people talent to play baseball. For my money, their effects are completely overblown in general. If you look at the Mitchell Report and the players actually suspended for PEDs, for every Ryan Braun or Nelson Cruz there are many Paxton Crawford, Bart Miadich, or Ricky Stone type players. If PEDs were really that much of an enhancement, don’t you think more people would have heard of Bart Miadich?

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Please present all of the scientific evidence you have that preposterous notion. Not only do PED “improvements” not persist after your stop taking the drug, they will often stop while you still are. It’s called “plateauing”. Making up facts won’t fly.

    • r1morris - Jul 7, 2014 at 1:58 AM

      Educate yourself, please. He DID NOT use ped’s. He took a medication in the fall of 2012 after he got very sick and lost 40 lbs. Almost a year later baseball decided one of the meds that was given to him in the DR was a banned product and they issued the suspension. He did not take any ped on an on going basis like Arod. Please educate yourself on a subject if you’re going to comment on it.

  13. hbk72777 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Lackey left his cancer stricken wife.

    He’s a scumbag of the highest order

  14. olaffek - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Not really a story. People have been tired of gettin’ beat up by the Red Sox in the past ten years. And Red Sox aren’t used to losing. Understandable.

    • annapterp - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      The Red Sox? Really? The last 10 years? I do believe they missed the playoffs a few of those years. Hardly dominant but I’ll give you good. That happens when you spend more than 90% of other teams.

  15. noname9631 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    lol it’s like he forgets he plays on a team with Lester and his green glove, Buchholz and his greaseball, and Ortiz who already failed a test and has more than likely used them again. You want to act like the media has selective memory, you can’t just use it when it’s convenienta for you

  16. noname9631 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    lol it’s like he forgets he plays on a team with Lester and his green glove, Buchholz and his greaseball, and Ortiz who already failed a test and has more than likely used them again. You want to act like the media has selective memory, you can’t just use it when it’s convenient for you

  17. djpostl - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    I have no problem with a former cheat being suspected to anything, they earned that suspicion fair and square.


    Really Lackey?

    You play along side the guy who has been giving the biggest PED related free pass ever, were carried to a WS title by the guy, had teammates on your previous title winning team who were lnked to steroids and (just for kickers) left your wife while she was battling cancer.

    So shut up. You’re a douche AND a douche by association.

  18. ejannetta - Jul 6, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Now we have Hairlip Lackey talking about PED’s…..Maybe you should focus your ugly self on your own dugout…mainly Big Sloppi.

  19. disgracedfury - Jul 6, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    What about that big tub of lard named Ortiz.Another cheater who Bud Selig created and Selig thinks throwing Alex Rodriguez under the bus will stop PED or suspicion.

    Also divorcing your cancer wife is worse than taking PED’s but hey he plays for market Red Sox and has a shaggy beard so he must be a nice guy.

  20. Droppo - Jul 6, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    It’s hard not to think about how Cruz was recently suspended for using performance enhancing drugs when he knocks you around in a game. All the people ragging on the pitcher for this… do you imagine for a second that you wouldn’t think of it if it happened to you? Quit kidding yourselves. Of course, Lackey just had a bad night and Cruz was on fire. BUT…. Even if Cruz is perfectly clean at this moment in his career, he is a cheat in a lot of people’s minds – forever. You can’t return once you go down that path and get caught. Same thing would happen if Ryan Braun, Manny Ramirez, Miguel Tejada, or Jason Giambi had a 4 for 4 or 5 for 5 game with multiple homers against a pitcher… a cheat is a cheat, and you can’t forget that.

    • r1morris - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      Educate yourself, please. He DID NOT use ped’s. He took a medication in the fall of 2012 after he got very sick and lost 40 lbs. Almost a year later baseball decided one of the meds that was given to him in the DR was a banned product and they issued the suspension. He did not take any ped on an on going basis like Arod. Please educate yourself on a subject if you’re going to comment on it.

  21. fpineda1854cat2009 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    What’s the beef he paid the 50 game suspension and I wonder if Ortiz had been the one who used the PED’s would he have an issue. And if Lackey was a better pitcher.

  22. armorgan67 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    There are 3 different issues at play here. One is that Lackey and other players are mad at the penalties for being busted. It was 50 games and now its 100 for the first offense. Lackey and others think it should be more. Well and correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t their union agree to the penalties? If that’s true then take it up with your union. To me if you do the crime and you do the time then what else do you want? The second one is basically the fact that Cruz was voted to the All-Star Game as a starter. Well you know who voted for him? The fans. The players or the Managers didn’t put him in. Now I know a lot of Orioles voted for him but unless you can show me that all his votes came from Orioles fans I don’t want to hear it.The third issue is timing. Cruz went 5 for 5 against the Red Sox and 3 for 3 against Lackey. If Lackey had won the game going for 8 innings or pitched a shutout and Cruz goes 0-3 we wouldn’t have heard a peep out of Lackey. Lackey can say whatever he wants but his performance in the game doesn’t give him room to criticize.

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