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Since the historic collapse last September, there have been rumors going around that there is a rat in the Boston clubhouse. Kevin Youkilis was accused of being said rat, but after being shipped off to the White Sox, the rat still seems to be at large in the Red Sox organization. That begs the question of “who is this so-called snitch?”
Gary Tanguay of CSNNE took to Twitter over this past weekend listing players who weren’t the snitch. Tanguay joined the Toucher and Rich radio show on Monday morning and said “on the record I was told who it wasn’t… Off the record I was told who it was.” Thanks to the rules of journalism, when something is told off the record it means the reporter cannot openly use that source as proof. Tanguay went on to say “I was told off the record who it was and I said I’d let everyone else figure it out.” While Tanguay didn’t confirm or deny if the snitch was John Lackey, he believes Lackey is a huge problem in the clubhouse.
In the last paragraph of the article from Boston’s CBS station, Tanguay goes onto say “The reality is, when Lackey showed up, things went south. A lot of people are blaming [Josh] Beckett for being the bad influence. I think Lackey is as bad of an influence on Beckett as anybody. The pitching staff has lost its soul.”
While there is no concrete evidence, and no secret that members of the Boston media enjoy creating controversy if it means gaining attention on a story, I wouldn’t be surprised if Lackey is the dreaded “snitch.” Tanguay makes a good point in saying ever since he arrived, things went south. The Red Sox agreed to pay Lackey over $82 million for five years, and in his first three seasons he hasn’t even pitched like a number 5 starter. This season he hasn’t even pitched at all due to Tommy John surgery. The real kicker is Boston fans would rather have him on the disabled list than on the mound.
Tanguay’s quote about Beckett also holds some truth to it. Before Lackey arrived in Boston, Beckett was a dominant pitcher. He battled some injuries after the 2007 season, but for the most part he was a reliable starter who came to win games. People claim he doesn’t care about the game or winning anymore, I think that is a bit of a stretch. Sure he doesn’t have the same personality as Jon Lester, in the sense that he tends to avoid taking responsibility for his poor play, but I think it is more of a case that he is simply past his prime rather than he doesn’t care about baseball. It wasn’t until Lackey came here that there were problems with drinking in the clubhouse, even though it had to have been going on in the years before him. Yet as soon as he’s here and pitching poorly, the beer in the clubhouse became a huge issue.
Whether Lackey is the snitch or not is irrelevant. The only thing that is important is that the Red Sox need this waste of money and roster space off their team. There have been zero positives since he came to Boston, and if you think things will improve when he comes back from Tommy John surgery, then you may be a little delusional.
At the end of the day, can we just say he’s the snitch to give them a reason to get rid of him? Not that they need anymore reasons.