The rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will be renewed this weekend at Fenway Park and Red Sox pitcher John Lackey has added some fuel to the matchup by speaking out about Alex Rodriguez being able to play after receiving a 211-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. As ESPN Boston reports on August 16, Lackey has a big problem with A-Rod still playing.
He told the Boston Globe on Thursday:
“How is he still playing? He obviously did something and he’s playing. I’m not sure that’s right…It’s pretty evident he’s been doing stuff for a lot of years I’ve been facing him.”
Lackey is referring back to A-Rod’s confession about his use of PEDs during his time in Texas. Lackey played for division rival Anaheim at the time and has faced him many times during and after his admission, including Saturday when Lackey will face A-Rod at Fenway.
He also told the Globe that the players do talk about A-Rod and his current suspension, but unlike himself, most are deciding to keep their feelings about the topic in the clubhouse.
“Sure, we talk about it. But talking to the media about it is a little bit different. People have strong feelings.”
When Alex Rodriguez steps out onto the field at Fenway Park Friday night, he can expect loud boos, even louder than he is used to hearing just by wearing a Yankees uniform. He will also be facing a pitcher in John Lackey on Saturday who has a pretty good memory.
“He took me deep the first time I faced him as a rookie, and he admitted to doing stuff back then. There are a lot of things I want back from him.”