Friday, December 5, 2014

Come Back Home To Boston, Jon Lester

(Exclusive FenwayNation Photo)
No one would ever begrudge Jon Lester if he took Magic Johnson's $150 million and became a Dodger. But, in his heart, he has to know that LA would never give him the kind of connection he had with the Boston community—and certainly not the Bronx. Lester literally grew up in the Red Sox organization. I can vividly recall attending a BoSox Club function in Fort Myers in March of 2005, featuring a "meet and greet" with two promising pitchers—Jonathan Papelbon and Lester. My son still hasn't forgiven me for blowing off the autograph session. The Red Sox supported Lester through his battle with cancer and nurtured his growth into one of the best pitchers in baseball. Another wonderful memory is traveling to Cleveland on July 23rd, 2007 to watch Lester's first post-recovery start—a brilliant six inning, two-run win. Two World Series rings later, he has enough Boston memories to last a lifetime. How could LA—or even an extra $20 million—top all of that. Come home, Jon.