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It’s understandable that John Lackey was disappointed after losing to the Red Sox again in the ALDS. It’s also understandable that Lackey is angry…but this angry and unreasonable? Are the Angels really better than the Red Sox? How could that be possible after losing the Division Series 3-1? Well…Lackey said it:
“We lost to a team that’s not better than us. We are a better team than they are. The last two days, we shouldn’t have given up anything.”
He mocked Dustin Pedroia’s fist-pump after hitting a clutch RBI double in the fifth inning off the Green Monster: “[Monday] night they scored on a broken-bat ground ball and a fly ball that anywhere else in America is an out, and he’s fist-pumping on second base like he did something great.”
He’s fist-pumping at second base because he DID do something great. His team moved ahead and the double proved to be decisive in the game. Talk about a sore loser.
Lackey admitted he was furious, adding that he wanted “to throw somebody through a wall.”
It seems there was a lot of wine in the Angels clubhouse after Game 4, as Torii Hunter added fuel to the fire, confirming that the Angels were the better team.
“I’m [ticked], I’m upset, this one’s going to be with me for a while. It doesn’t feel good, because we’re a better team than they are. But they’re moving on.”
Even Mark Teixeira expected his team to win, but he wouldn’t go as far as to say the Angels were still the better team after losing the ALDS.
“I didn’t make any plans until Halloween. I fully expected us to be there at the end of October.”