31 Facts About John Lackey

1. John Lackey was featured in a 2011 Kevin Fowler music video alongside fellow Red Sox starting pitchers Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Tim Wakefield, and Clay Buchholz.

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2. John Lackey is stepfather to Carter and Mavi, Kristina's children from her first marriage.

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3. On September 15, 2017, John Lackey was ejected and fined for arguing a strike call by umpire Jordan Baker.

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4. John Lackey won the World Series for the third time of his career, and with a third different team after the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series, ending a 108-year long drought for a championship.

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5. John Lackey reached double-digit win totals for the 13th consecutive season on September 21, 2016, in a 9−2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

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6. On December 8, 2015, John Lackey signed a two-year, $32 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.

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7. John Lackey opposed Jon Lester—both men had faced the Cardinals in the World Series two years earlier as teammates with the Red Sox.

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8. John Lackey had a 2.23 ERA over his last 17 starts.

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9. One of the hits John Lackey allowed was a single to Ichiro Suzuki, a hit with which Ichiro passed Ty Cobb for the total attained in top-level professional baseball organizations, including Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball.

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10. John Lackey made the postseason for the seventh time in his career, starting once each against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series and the San Francisco Giants in the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

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11. John Lackey began the 2014 season as the Red Sox' number-two starter behind Lester.

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12. John Lackey garnered much media attention by his refusal to leave the game when Manager John Farrell came to the mound with two outs in the seventh inning, telling Farrell "this is my guy".

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13. On October 30, John Lackey was the winning pitcher in Game 6 of the 2013 World Series, which clinched the Boston Red Sox' eighth World Series title.

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14. John Lackey returned shortly, recording an ERA over 5.00 in every month but one.

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15. On December 16, 2009, John Lackey officially signed a five-year contract worth $82.5 million with the Boston Red Sox.

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16. John Lackey threw his first pitch behind Ian Kinsler's head, and hit Kinsler in the side with his second pitch.

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17. John Lackey came within two outs of a no-hitter before Dustin Pedroia singled to left to spoil it.

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18. On July 29, 2008, John Lackey pitched against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, carrying a no-hitter into the ninth inning.

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19. John Lackey was the sixth Angels pitcher to accomplish that feat.

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20. On July 18, 2008, John Lackey recorded his 1000th career strikeout, against Kevin Youkilis of the Boston Red Sox.

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21. John Lackey finished in third place for that season's Cy Young Award voting.

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22. John Lackey finished the 2007 season with an American League leading 3.01 ERA.

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23. On July 1, John Lackey was named as one of three Angels to represent the club and the American League at the 2007 All-Star Game.

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24. On June 13, 2007, John Lackey became the first pitcher to win 10 games for the 2007 season.

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25. On July 7, 2006, John Lackey retired 27 consecutive batters after Mark Kotsay of the Oakland Athletics led off the first inning with double.

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26. John Lackey ranked second in strikeouts per nine innings and third in strikeouts (199).

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27. John Lackey became only the second rookie in World Series history to start and win Game 7, the other being Babe Adams of the 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates.

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28. John Lackey gained his first postseason victory against the Minnesota Twins in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, pitching seven innings while allowing only three hits and striking out seven.

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29. John Lackey played one season of baseball at the University of Texas at Arlington, playing first base and sometimes moonlighting as a relief pitcher.

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30. John Lackey earned his third World Series championship in 2016 with the Cubs.

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31. John Lackey made his MLB debut with the Angels in 2002 and helped the franchise win its first World Series title that year.

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