Padres catcher Christian Bethancourt provided the only run for either side in game two of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. In the top of the fifth inning, Bethancourt absolutely demolished a 1-0 breaking ball from John Lackey, completely clearing the stands in left field.
Here’s the dinger, the deciding factor in the Padres’ 1-0 victory:
It’s tough to see any offense in that video, but Lackey is apparently upset with the way Bethancourt celebrated his home run. Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Lackey sarcastically asked after the game, “How many home runs does he have?”
When noted that it was the first ever match-up between Lackey and the 24-year-old Bethancourt, the veteran pitcher responded, “Oh, I know. He’ll learn.”
If Lackey, 37, is not a fan of expressing emotion during baseball games, he should remember it was his angry outburst that led to him becoming one of the Internet’s most popular .gifs. But this is nothing new for him. As a Cardinal, Lackey was mad at former Cub Starlin Castro two years ago because he yelled at himself in Spanish after popping up. In 2013 with the Red Sox, Lackey intentionally hit then-Ray Matt Joyce with a pitch after Joyce had homered and very nearly hit another one.
The issue, really, is that Lackey seems to struggle dealing with adversity and lashes out in anger. That can’t be healthy.