A few random Red Sox observations as we await the transition from Theo Epstein to Ben Cherington, which will signal the actual start of the offseason:

• Here's one that will come as a shock to Red Sox fans. If you were to poll the clubhouse over who's the best teammate among beleaguered starting pitchers Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and John Lackey, the runaway winner would be .?.?. Lackey?

Yup, Lackey. The guy may be prickly with the media, and he may appear to show up his teammates every time he throws his arms up in disgust at a missed play in the field. But to a man, Sox players swear by him.