John Lackey, one of the approximately 6.2 million Los Angeles Angels of Anywhere We Can Make a Buck pitchers that have been unavailable thus far this season, came back today for his first game of the season. The sigh of relief from Angels’ fans had barely escaped their lips when Lackey threw his first pitch behind the head of Texas Rangers infielder Ian Kinsler, possibly for his two home runs Saturday.
Lackey (and Mike Scioscia?) must have truly been confident there would be few repercussions for this because the second pitch hit Kinsler in the trunk. Who would throw out John Lackey, one of the best pitchers in baseball, on his first batter of the season? As it turns out, umpire Bob Davidson would.