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  • December 10th, 2014

    December 10, 2014:
    Jon Lester Ruminations…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:48 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    I wish I could say I was surprised, but that is probably one of the few emotions I DON’T feel with regard to Jon Lester signing with Theo and the Cubbies for 6-years and $155 million. But here are some random thoughts, musings, ramblings, etc. etc. that started to coalesce when I was on twitter last night for hours, watching it blow up, and knowing in my gut that the Jon Lester Era was over in Boston…

    First and foremost, I don’t care how much he signed for, if you know Jon Lester AT ALL, this was in no way about the money–it was NEVER about the money. It was about the fact that this kid came up in the farm system, pitched like an ace (110-63 with a 3.64 ERA, oh and a 0.43–yes, like 43 CENTS–in the postseason), battled cancer, CAME BACK, and AGAIN pitched like an ace, is arguably one of the best lefties in in the game. He also loved the fans, loved the organization, hell, loved PLAYING IN BOSTON…

    THIS was about respect. And I don’t mean the annual Big Papi whine-fest about how he doesn’t get any respect. This is about the fact the Sox could have gotten Lester for 4-5 years for about $100-120 million a year ago. But chose to lowball him with 4 years SEVENTY million. And then TRADE HIM to Oakland in the July fire sale. I don’t proclaim to know the intricacies of baseball contract negotiations. But what the ^&*^@#&!*@^! is wrong with this picture????

    I honestly never thought he was coming back for all of these reasons…I guess I hoped I was wrong, but knowing it wasn’t going to happen. 6-years and $135 wasn’t enough. Not now…not ever…

    And that is a fracking SHAME…and makes me sad…

    But NOW what is going to happen is Red Sox management will vilify him in the media, saying it was all about the money, when ITS THEIR FAULT ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY…

    And then there are those who will give kudos to the Red Sox management for the strength of their convictions in not signing a 31 year old to a 5+ year contract, and that they were doing what was best for the ballclub. And since we cannot predict the future, maybe Jon Lester’s arm WILL fall off when he’s 36, but this is a guy who gave the Sox 200+ innings for YEAR–and was never on the DL…So I’m thinking he is durable.

    So, if nothing changes, fracking That Clay Person will be on the mound on April 6th, as the ace of the Boston Red Sox. Oh, or maybe it’ll be Justin Masterson, whom the Sox are trying to sign to a 1-year deal, after trading him to Cleveland 5 years ago. Love the guy, but he was 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA last year–he’s like Buchholz 2.0…REALLY Ben???

    But I will say this. I bet Theo is pretty happy about the deal–not only because he got a great pitcher to re-build his franchise around–but is a giant F**K YOU to King Larry and all of his nonsense…

    But HEY! His catcher, David Ross is available, and the Sox may try to get him–if Theo doesn’t take him too…

    Speaking of taking, apparently the Golden Era Committee did not choose anyone to join them in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Again. Just like with the BBWWA (CHECK), 75% of the vote is needed, which is currently 12 out of 16. Two, Tony Oliva and Dick Allen each got 11, Jim Kaat got 10, and our beloved Louis Tiant received 3…So they will all return to the ballot the next time–in 2017…

    Coming up: Christmas in 15 days, and Red Sox nation didn’t get what they wanted for Christmas, and any pitcher that could take the sting out of losing Jon Lester (Max Scherzer anyone??) is even FURTHER out of reach….Although getting rid of Buchholz certainly could not hurt the Christmas spirit…

    Oh, and “Big Game James” UGH…PASS…

    One Response to “December 10, 2014:
    Jon Lester Ruminations…”

    1. Mitch Mitchell says:

      Although I didn’t know about Chicago being a team in the mix I believed as you did that the way he was treated earlier this year was what made him decide not to come back. Unlike Lebron, his pride was hurt, as well as it should be. I wouldn’t have even entertained the conversation, and that he did, and then sent the message he did to Red Sox fans, says more about him as a man. Sad but not unexpected…

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