St. Louis Cardinals: Three Reasons John Lackey is Easy to Hate

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Apr 18, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher John Lackey (41) pitches to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 18, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher John Lackey (41) pitches to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 18, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher John Lackey (41) reacts after striking out St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (not pictured) to end the fifth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 18, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher John Lackey (41) reacts after striking out St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter (not pictured) to end the fifth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /

2. John Lackey is so obnoxious

As stated above, John Lackey is a pitcher that leaves everything out on the field every time he takes the mound. When Lackey was a Cardinal, this is something that fans revered and loved seeing when his turn in the rotation came around, but now that Lackey is a Cub, Cardinals’ fans would love nothing more than to see Lackey knocked around by the Redbirds.

Something about that yell and fist pump that Lackey releases every time he strikes someone out to end an inning just gets under your skin. It’s not the fact that Lackey is happy, it’s the fact that he is doing it because he knows that he just made the opposition look silly.

Often times, Lackey isn’t just yelling to himself either. In multiple cases in St. Louis, we saw Lackey staring down or yelling back at someone that he just set down via strikeout. Though this isn’t something that Lackey just started doing, as fans have seen it since his days in Boston.

The reason that Lackey will be garnering so much hate from Cardinals’ fans is that now his shouting will be directed at his former teammates, and he will be doing it with the word “Chicago” written across his chest. Something about that just won’t sit right with fans, and Lackey will dig himself a deeper hole in St. Louis.

Next: He is pretty good

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