So Deadspin has an interesting piece on Lackey today. They are essentially saying that the idea that Boston is a tougher town to play in is essentially an idea perpetuated in the media because it makes the media members covering the team feel self-important.
I'll quote the moneyshots because I think they're spot-on:
"The [reporters] around here are in love with themselves," says one reporter covering the Red Sox who'd rather stay anonymous. "They're in love with the idea of themselves, of what they're supposed to be. They really believe that working in Boston makes their work more important than their counterparts'.
"When Brandon Morrow got shelled [at Fenway earlier this month], the Boston guys were ragging on the Toronto writers in the press box. 'What are you going to ask him after the game? If he tried a lobster roll while he was in town?'"
"Pedro Martinez had one good year after leaving Boston, then went downhill fast," says our Boston reporter. "No one said that he couldn't handle the pressure cooker of Queens after the easygoing Boston media. They said he was getting older, and he lost his fastball. He was the same age when he left that Lackey is now. There are a million reasons why a player can suck, and very few of them involve my notepad."
Besides the idea that the reporters covering the team are a bunch of douchebags, I find it fascinating that calling themselves tough guys is a way to ensure their own continued employment.