The John Lackey signing just keeps paying dividends for the Red Sox. We’re getting a top-notch pitcher who brings just the right amount of homicidal tendencies to the mound, a guy whose very presence is likely to affect the Sox’ other resident angry lad, Josh Beckett, and propel him to new levels of cantankerousness, and a fierce competitor who will not doubt have the NESN censors working double time (or building some special titanium Doc Ock arms to snag all the fifty buck words).

Turns out, according to an insightful Globe article by Mrs. Red, we’re also getting a guy who likes to have a beer with people. Check it out; he said it himself, when discussing how he’ll adapt to playing in Boston:

“It’s going to be different, but it’ll be cool. I get along with people fine. Whatever. I’m not opposed to having a beer with a guy.”

Lucky for John, we’re not opposed to having a beer with a guy, either. Or a woman. Or an elk, for that matter, so long as they’re buying. And I’ll just go out on a limb and assume, with his hefty salary, that John’s buying.

I only wish Amalie had pushed this point further, to identify just where and when we, the people, can have that beer with Lackey. Because the prospect of free beer is just about the only thing I can think of that would make the next couple months fly by.