Ben Cherington was officially introduced as the new Red Sox GM yesterday, immediately informing the masses that John Lackey, perhaps the worst thing to happen to this city since David Spade was spotted locally during the filming of “Grown Ups,” will miss 2012 with Tommy John surgery.

Not announced to the masses was that a pipe-weilding Mike Timlin was seen leaving John Lackey’s residence earlier that day. And he may or may not have hopped into a car with plates that may or may not match Ben Cherington’s.

So let’s do the math on this… first day on the job, and Young Ben’s already removed the thorn that was Lackey from our collective asses. I’d say everything from here is just gravy.