John Lackey's report of a divorce from his wife Krista became the Red Sox pitcher's main topic of conversation with reporters Sunday night.
After the Red Sox pulled out a 7-4, 14-inning victory over the rival Yankees to remain in sole position of the American League Wild Card spot over the Tampa Bay Rays, Lackey greeted reporters and largely strayed away from the topic of his pitching.
Lackey had his best outing in more than a month with his team's season on the line, but he lashed out inexplicably at an unidentified media member that had sent him a text message before the game inquiring about the divorce.
Let me tell you the truth, Lackey said to the assembled reporters around his locker at Yankee Stadium. Thirty minutes before the game, I got a text message on my cellphone from one of you - somebody in the media, talking about personal stuff. And I shouldn't even be standing up here having to deal with it. I'm sitting here listening to music. I don't know who got my phone number, but that's over the line.
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A short while later, a report surfaced on TMZ that Lackey had filed to divorce Krista, who has been battling breast cancer. According to TMZ, Lackey claimed in court documents that the marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities. Lackey gave no comment to TMZ.
Later in his interview with reporters, Lackey was asked if the text message distracted him from pitching Sunday night. He refused to directly answer the question, instead again displaying his unhappiness with the media's involvement with his personal life.
This is unbelievable I've got to deal with this, he said.