In October 2015, former teammates with the Boston Red Sox — John Lackey and Jon Lester — faced off in the National League Division Series as members of the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs.
Now, the two starting pitchers will be teammates again — this time with the Cubs after Lackey inked a two-year, $32 million deal with the club.
Although Lackey and Lester won a World Series with the Red Sox in 2013, one of the more memorable moments they had as teammates in Boston was when they were found to have a fondness for beer, chicken and video games.
Via Bob Hohler of The Boston Globe:
Instead, Boston’s three elite starters went soft, their pitching as anemic as their work ethic. The indifference of Beckett, Lester, and Lackey in a time of crisis can be seen in what team sources say became their habit of drinking beer, eating fast-food fried chicken, and playing video games in the clubhouse during games while their teammates tried to salvage a once-promising season.
Cubs catcher David Ross, who was also on the 2013 Red Sox, explained the type of guys Lackey and Lester are during the Cubs and Cardinals series in October.
Lackey, 37, will slide in as the Cubs’ third starter — and his past history of pitching well in big games should give the team more confidence if they are to make the playoffs in 2016.