Report Suggests John Lackey Was a Snitch in Boston Red Sox Clubhouse

Christopher BenvieCorrespondent IIAugust 6, 2012

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 19:  John Lackey #41 of the Boston Red Sox reacts as manager Terry Francona, not seen, walks to mound to remove Lacey during a game with the Baltimore Orioles in the second game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park September 19, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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In what can only be construed as veiled assertions of the fact, Comcast Sports Net New England's Gary Tanguay has revealed that John Lackey was the snitch in the Red Sox clubhouse.

No, not the September snitch, but the player who ran to ownership to rat on Bobby Valentine and his comment to Will Middlebrooks after a poor inning of play.

In what started off as Red Sox chatter via his Twitter page this past weekend, Tanguay started to engage fans on who the identity of the snitch was:


I do know The Red Sox snitch who ratted out Bobby V is NOT Dustin Pedrioa. #RedSox#RedSox#UNOSportsTonight

— Gary Tanguay (@Gary_Tanguay) August 4, 2012


From there, he started to yield questions from his followers, ruling out every single player other than John Lackey. 

Fans began to tweet, asking if in fact Lackey was the snitch, to which Tanguay would not reply, but retweet their questions.

This morning, on Boston's 98.5 The Sports Hub, Tanguay appeared on the Toucher & Rich program and confirmed that he had heard both on the record and off the record who the Red Sox snitch in fact was. 

By the process of elimination, Lackey was the only name left on the table. The show then tweeted this following the interview:


So by process of elimination, according to @gary_tanguay this morning on Toucher & Rich, JOHN LACKEY is the Red Sox snitch.

— Toucher and Rich (@Toucherandrich) August 6, 2012


If that is indeed the case, Lackey has taken on a new role on the Red Sox team. He has gone from most hated to now being the Billy Costigan of the Red Sox, a rat in the system.

While it has not been confirmed, as Tanguay never expressly stated that it indeed was Lackey, the glaring omission of his innocence should be evidence enough.