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John Lackey was not impressed by Caleb Joseph’s home run on Saturday

Aug 10, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

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John Lackey has never exactly been Mr. Endearing when he’s opined to the media. He showed why that is again after Saturday’s loss to the Orioles in which he surrendered nine runs on 13 hits over five innings. The right-hander allowed three home runs, including one to 28-year-old rookie catcher Caleb Joseph. It was Joseph’s fifth consecutive game with a home run, and his blast went a reported 383 out to left-center at Camden Yards.

After the game, Lackey called Joseph’s long ball a “Baltimore home run”, as’s Jenifer Langosh reports. Ostensibly, Lackey means that Camden Yards’ dimensions favor hitters — and it does, but that is hardly an excuse for his performance. According to, Camden Yards is very slightly above-average for right-handed hitters when it comes to hitting home runs. The park plays much better for left-handed hitters to hit home runs.

The Cardinals picked up the hot-tempered Lackey along with minor league pitcher Corey Littrell at the trade deadline from the Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Allen Craig and pitcher Joe Kelly. In 23 starts overall this season, Lackey has a 3.98 ERA with a 123/34 K/BB ratio in 149 1/3 innings.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Lets just call him Mr. Congeniality.

  2. dowhatifeellike - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    I will never get tired of Crybaby John Lackey.

    P.S. that would have been a HR by 15′ at Fenway.

    • tuberippin - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      UPDATE: John Lackey remains unimpressed by any hitter who beats him in an at-bat

    • cincinata - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:38 AM

      Is this what you were saying in the 2014 W-S? Meth9inis this is a bit of sour grapes.

  3. pjmitch - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    A home run is a home run. And in Lackey’s case, a whiner is a whiner.

  4. jpalughi823 - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    the guy is just a miserable douche….btw i think the ones cruz & young hit are still traveling. turd

    • dirtybirdcurve - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      Who cares about either one of those two? Davis is barely hitting .200 and cruz is on roids. Good luck in the playoffs with that brutal rotation, i say you get swept in the alds

      • jpalughi823 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        the same rotation thats had one of the best ERA’s in the last 50 games? good one….

  5. tfbuckfutter - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    God it feels good to root against this a-hole while not having to root against my own team.

  6. realgone2 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    This guy is such a jerk off. I love it when he gets lit up.

  7. 7mantel - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    He will always be a jerk !

  8. xmatt0926x - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Since when is 383 feet a cheap homerun? As most people agree, this guy has an always will be an A-grade jagoff.

  9. Mark - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Alternatively, you could call the home run a John Lackey special.

  10. mdpgc - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    First Cruz, Now Joseph..sit down somewhere Lackey. Perfect name for the pitcher, Lackey, cause against the Orioles, your pitching was Lack-ing!

  11. mdpgc - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Who cares about either one of those two? Davis is barely hitting .200 and cruz is on roids. Good luck in the playoffs with that brutal rotation, i say you get swept in the alds
    Sit down, Hater! If Cruz was on roids this year, he would have gotten caught already!

  12. sanzarq - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Nobody was impressed with his crummy pitching, either. He’ll really be bitching when he’s tossing those saucers up there for the major league minimum next year. Have some steroids, homeboy.

  13. irishlad19 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    To tfbuttfutter
    That’s the Lackey we knew and don’t miss in Boston.
    Major League Jerk!

    • cincinata - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      However, you didn’t say this when he played in Fenway last year, did you?

      • irishlad19 - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        Sure did; effective pitcher after his TJ surgery, but a surly, ungracious man. He’s not missed in Beantown.

  14. uwsptke - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    I see he fits right in with that clubhouse already. Not giving the opponent any credit is The Cardinal Way.

    • jpalughi823 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      i went to the game friday night & i honestly have to say that every cardinal fan i encountered were nothing but great sports. knew the game in & out, and even though they were getting their heads kicked in, they stayed the whole time & kept to themselves. when they left they wished the O’s luck winning the east & were fantastic. i always scoffed at the whole “best fans in baseball thing” but they were 100% class & fun to be around. i wish all fan bases took a page out of their playbook.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        Cardinals fans appreciate the kind words.
        Just please know these kind of comments goes against the grain here at HBT.
        At least from the haters’ perspective. Look at the thumbs! 19 – 7. Speaks volumes. Lol!

  15. thisismetoo - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    The home run tracker (ESPN’s hittrackeronline) says Joseph’s home run would have gone out in 2 major league ballparks. Not sure what the other park is (probably Wrigley).

  16. thomas844 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    John Lackey is whining and making excuses? Wow, he’s already fitting in really well with the Cardinals!

  17. jimmymfb - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    Not impressed? Stop giving up homers. Too much crying in baseball…..

    • thelongestgoodbye - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Theres no crying in baseball, there’s no crying in baseball – she’s crying sir……

      Shut up and sit down, after you get rocked again is not the time to run off at the mouth. I would rather you just said “thank you”, and went on your way

  18. pisano - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Lackey is a scumbag. Boston was smart to unload him, if nothing else it improved their image.

  19. hittfamily - Aug 11, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    John lackey class and dignity. He also lackey pitching skills.

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