John Lackey was introduced Wednesday afternoon a member of the Red Sox and wore jersey No. 40 at his introductory press conference at Fenway Park. "I'm here to win. That's the bottom line," the 31-year-old right-hander said. "Winning is the biggest thing for me, and I know this organization has a great chance to do that, and hopefully I can help."
Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said he did not expect Lackey would consider pitching in Boston until hearing from the pitcher's representative. Said Epstein: "We were actually a little bit surprised when [Lackey's agent] said John had some interest in pitching in Boston." Epstein credited Lackey's wife, a Maine product and University of New Hampshire alumni, as playing a role in encouraging her husband to come to Boston.
Lackey indicated that more teams than just the Red Sox and Angels were bidding for his services, but Boston held a special appeal: "Once the season was over, you kind of know the people that are going to be involved. There are only a certain number of teams I would consider leaving Anaheim for, and this was at the top of the list, obviously."
Added Lackey: "I was always interested in coming here. Winning was definitely my first priority for a team to go to. With this franchise and their history. I've seen from the other side of the field, I've been knocked out of the playoffs a few times by them. I know I'm going to have a chance to win here, and that means a lot."
Asked about the intensity of pitching in Boston, he said: "That's one of the things that drew me here. I enjoy pitching in big games. It's going to be like a playoff game every night here. That's going to be a fun environment to be in."
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