Yup, it sure is a funny game that baseball. Last night the Cubs lost 6-0 in a rain delayed matchup. What looked like a no hitter going into the seventh inning for Jon Lester, quickly evaporated into 2-0 lead by the Cardinals.
However, the humorous pastime that America’s game can be at times, the most picked on player turned out to be in a class all by himself. Jon Lester went to work on that mound and after one particular close to an otherwise frustrating inning which he got out of, Lester didn’t look up to the skies above for relief or solace, not even a finger pointing of acknowledgement. Nope, Jon Lester punched his glove, pumped his fist and under his breath we all mouthed together,” Yes!!” as he walked to the dugout.
That my friends, was the real Jon Lester. The one that was paid a gazillion dollars. The one that changed a Cubs Convention to a Lester Convention.
“I thought it was Lester’s best night, by far,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “I thought it was the best he’s thrown the baseball all year.”
Hold on a minute, it wasn’t just his best pitched game of the year, but his best played At Bat of the year as well.
Ladies and Gentlemen, in 67 career At Bats, Jon “The One” Lester received his first hit.
Finally, a finger point.
If there was a cliche that would fit right at home in last night’s game, it was that the loss was a good loss. Jon Lester doesn’t have to rely on David Ross, he can hit and to prove that Lester is all business, he slapped some mound dust on the bill of the cap to keep sweat and rain water from seeping down his face.
Last night was his game and he wasn’t going to leave it. Jon Lester made every Cubs fan proud last night. That was the real Jon Lester.
“The Cardinals are a veteran team. They do everything right. They make the plays when they’re in front of them. They have timely hitting. They understand it takes nine innings to win a baseball game. We’re close. We’ve got a bunch of young guys who are trying to … I don’t want to say ‘survive,’ because they’re beyond that point. They’re too good to survive. When you’re used to winning, you understand how to win. That will take some time here. The guys who have been a part of this organization haven’t won for a long time. That’ll take some time to learn, and sometimes I think nights like this get overshadowed by the other side.” said Lester.