New Red Sox pitcher John Lackey made an appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday afternoon for some follow-up questions after his Fenway Park press conference. Lackey said he isn't concerned if he's listed as the team's No. 1 starter. "Whoever goes first in the first game of the season is not a big deal to me," he said. "I just want to make my 30-something starts and get this team into the playoffs and try to win a World Series. It doesn't really matter when you pitch as long as you get the chance to pitch and the chance to win."
Lackey is known as a pitcher who keeps the game moving. "I used to play first base in college and I hated guys that took forever," he said. "I'm going to get it on and get it going, for sure." Comparing himself to Josh Beckett, he said: "We definitely have some similarities on the field for sure. He gets a little fired up, and I'm going to get a little fired up, too. I'm going to give you effort, I promise you that."
Lackey said he does not have much of a history with current Red Sox players or manager Terry Francona, but he has long admired their approach to the game. "Looking across the field from the other dugout, I have a lot of respect for the way these guys play the game," he said. "They really play it hard, they play it the right way. I think I'll fit in well."
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