Jon Lester takes out full-page ad in Boston Globe to thank Red Sox, fans (photo)
Just because Jon Lester is now a member of the Oakland Athletics does not mean he has forgotten about the tremendous amount of support and love Red Sox Nation demonstrated during his eight-plus seasons he spent in the organization.
To demonstrate his gratitude, Lester took out a full-page ad in Sunday’s edition of the Boston Globe to thank fans for everything they did to make his time on a BoSox uniform so memorable.
The ad reads:
I have a lifetime of great memories of Boston highlighted by 2 World Championships! Boston will always be home and the love that Red Sox Nation has shown me is something that I will forever cherish. You are truly the best fans in the world! I have been blessed to play with the greatest teammates who are family to me. I want to thank the Staff, Front Office and Ownership for always showing me respect and supporting me during the difficult times. The organization, the fans, and this city have embraced my family and me. My wife, my children and I will always be grateful for the love and kindness that we have enjoyed in Boston. Thank ya’ll.
With all our love,
Jon and Farrah, Hudson, Walker and the Lester Family
Class act. The practice of posting an ad in the local paper after moving on to another team and town is of course not an uncommon thing these days. But that does not do anything to diminish the thoughtfulness of the gesture, not does it take away from the usually genuine nature of the message conveyed by the player.
As far as Lester is concerned, his time away from Boston and his former teammates and the fans who love him may not last long anyway.
Before he was dealt last week to the A’s along with Jonny Gomes for Yoenis Cespedes, Lester said he would understand if he were traded and left open the possibility his time away from the team may be a short-term thing, indicating he would consider re-signing with the team following the season.
“Like I said, no hard feelings. I know what they have to do for their organization,” Lester said. “If that involves me, so be it. If it doesn’t, I’ll keep running out there every five days, pitching, and like I said, hopefully November we’ll get something done.”
To further illustrate that Lester continues to consider Boston his home despite his temporary address change and that an offseason return to the Red Sox is a distinct possibility, if not a likelihood, Lester favorited a tweet from Bill Simmons in which the renowned Boston superfan wrote, “See you on the 2015 Red Sox.”
So, it’s probably a good idea for Lester to remain in the good graces of Boston fans. Not that a full-page ad was needed given the mutual affection fans and Lester share, it certainly does not hurt.