BOSTON -- John Lackey did not break camp with the Angels in 2002. They called him up in June, and in October he was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the World Series.
That came after 18 regular-season starts. After 305 more, Lackey finally makes another World Series start, this time Thursday for the Boston Red Sox.
"You realize how hard it is to get here," Lackey said Wednesday. "It's been 11 years since I've been here. I've been chasing it for a while, and you probably appreciate it more this time than you do as a rookie."
Lackey said he was "pretty much a two-pitch pitcher back then." He laughed off the question of what he could take from his previous World Series experience.
"Not a whole lot," he said. "That I'm old, I guess."