As predicted, Jon Lester doesn’t seem like a guy who has left Boston and the Red Sox for the rest of his career.
In an interview while in Kansas City, Lester commented on his experience in Boston and the difference now that he is playing for another organization.
Here is the quote from Lester via ESPN.com:
“My time there, the memories and all that stuff don’t get erased based on this whole ordeal,” Lester told the Herald. “I’m glad with where I’m at, and I understood where [Red Sox GM] Ben [Cherington] was at. At the end of the season, it’s not going to change my mind about going back there if they are aggressive and competitive and do the things they say they’re going to do. Boston is definitely a place I would go.”*
Well, well there Mr. Lester. It is not like we had no idea this was a possibility, but Lester pushed that door a bit further open for his return to the Red Sox during the offseason. Boston will pursue their former ace aggressively, but we do know they have limitations on what kind of offer they will make the lefty after the season.
But Lester happened to comment on that as well stating:
“In the greater scheme of things, we’re talking about just a stupid amount of money,” he said. “For me, I want to be comfortable. The way I look at it is, if someone gives you $170 million and someone gives you $150 million, is that $20 million really going to change your lifestyle? Same thing if the highest bidder is $100 million and the team you’re going to feel most comfortable with offers $80 million. Is that $20 million really going to make the difference in your lifestyle?”*
I do declare Mr.Lester! This is everything Red Sox fans would love to hear from the man and if they can wrangle him back for say a five-year,$90-100 million contract, then the midseason trade is unlike any other of its kind. While Red Sox Nation takes interest in these comments, somewhere Lester’s agent is shaking his head, wondering what he did to the lefty to make him say such things.
*All quotes attributed to ESPN.com