Wednesday, August 21, 2013
I have an apology to make to Jon Lester. A few days ago I planned to write about what a disappointing pitcher he's been, highlighting all the reasons why the Red Sox should pull him from the starting rotation.
I believe Josh Beckett (his fried chicken and beer guzzling included) was a terrible influence on Jon Lester. Even after Beckett was traded, Lester never seemed to get back on track. In addition, I've carried a chip on my shoulder that Terry Francona was fired because of Beckett and Lester's sloppiness. (I love Terry Francona.) Needless to say, Lester has been on my Get-Him-Out-of-There List for a while.
And then he played on Monday. Granted, he pitched against the Giants who are mediocre at best. But still, they're a major league team and Lester went eight plus innings against quality batters. I was impressed.
So I offer my sincerest apologies to you, Mr. Lester. My fingers are crossed that your next start will be as good.