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Commentary: Put on a happy face — easy for Big Papi; new concept for starting pitcher Lackey

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BOSTON — While discussing the road to Red Sox deliverance from baseball’s most pathetic joke in 2012 to its most joyous resurrection as 2013 World Series champions, it seems worth pointing out that the road has been paved by a number of individual stories of redemption.

John Lackey, the World Series Game 6 starter Wednesday night, immediately comes to mind.

Yet in a different light, so does David Ortiz.

Twenty-four months, 18 months, even a year ago, Lackey was as…

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