The most interesting comment, however, came when I asked him about the Angels’ tendency to watch their own players leave when they reach their free agent years rather than match or top offers from other teams. It’s a parade that Lackey watched for years — then joined last winter. "It is different," Lackey said. "The way they preach the team game and the way you’re supposed to give it up for the team — that’s a little suspect. "You’re supposed to give it up for the team. Then when it comes time, they might not give it up for you. … I totally knew what the situation was (when he reached free agency)."