Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Jon Lester Story Keeps Getting Better

Terry Francona has announced that Jon Lester will be the opening day starter for the Boston Red Sox this year.  It seems that his story just keeps getting better and better.  Just a few years ago Red Sox Nation was wondering if Lester would be able to pitch again as he was fighting cancer.  Even after he came back there was the question of how effective he would be, but he silenced the doubters right away.  Ever since his return, he has been completely dominant, and has finally earned his way to be called the Red Sox "Ace".  This was not an easy task since the Sox have four pitchers that would be opening day starters for just about any other team in baseball.

Lester's story seems like one out of a storybook, and that story just keeps getting better.  He made his first start for the Red Sox after fighting cancer against the Cleveland Indians back in 2007.  His parents were in the stands and the Fenway faithful was behind him will all of their strength.  This game is one that I remember more than any other regular season game in all of history because it seemed unreal.  He was amazing, and went on to win 6-2.  That same year, he got the start in game four (which happened to be the final game) of the World Series against Colorado and gave up no runs in 5.2 innings.

It seems that the story cannot get any better, but it does.  In May of the 2008 season, he pitched the eighteenth no hitter in Red Sox history.  Last season he was so good that he was in the running for the AL Cy Young award with a 19-9 record and 3.25 ERA.  He certainly has deserved the title of "ace", and I'm sure that there will be many more heartwarming moments to come.

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