John Lackey Joins the Blogosphere

John Lackey pitches in an intrasquad game at Rancho Cucamonga on April 5, 2004.

The below press release arrived in e-mail today from

LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM ACE PITCHER JOHN LACKEY LAUNCHES BLOG AT YARDBARKER.COM, the premier destination on the Internet for unfiltered sports commentary by fans and bloggers, has launched an MLB blog with John Lackey, ace pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, it was announced today.

Lackey, a six-year major league veteran, will share his daily life experiences and answer questions from fans throughout the 2007-08 baseball season.

“I really like what Yardbarker is doing and I love the idea of connecting directly with the fans,” Lackey said. “Not everyone gets to experience daily life in a clubhouse or preparing to face the Red Sox or traveling to Milwaukee to play the Indians because the weather’s too bad in Cleveland. It will be fun to give the fans a little closer look at what I experience during the season.”

Lackey was third in the American League with 190 strikeouts in 2006 and his 389 Ks over the last two full seasons trails only Johan Santana among AL pitchers. In 2002, Lackey became only the second rookie in MLB history to start and win a game seven of the World Series, a 4-1 decision over the San Francisco Giants.

“We started Yardbarker to offer sports fans the very best sports content on the web and there is no better source for that than hearing from the athletes themselves,” Yardbarker Co-Founder Pete Vlastelica said. “Not only is John Lackey one of the best pitchers in baseball, he has a great personality and shoots straight from the hip. His blog promises to be insightful and entertaining.”

About Yardbarker Inc.
Yardbarker is a sports web site that allows fans, not editors, to post, rate and discuss the best sports content available daily on the web. Yardbarker’s sports bloggers are blazing the trail for a new kind of sports journalism: witty, interactive, multimedia, refreshingly biased, and generally able to talk about sports in the language that sports fans find most engaging.

The direct link to Lack’s blog is

I have to wonder, though, how unhappy the Angels’ image-conscious front office management will be about Lackey posting a blog they don’t control …



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