Monday, July 23, 2007

A Feel Good Story from the Red Sox Major League Team – Jon Lester Returns to the Starting Rotation Tonight

There will not be many dry eyes amongst Red Sox Nation tonight when Jon Lester steps on the mound at Cleveland’s Jacobs’ Field. As even the most casual baseball fan is aware, this gifted and courageous young left-hander has overcome cancer to battle back to join a club that can boast the most wins – 59 – in this 2007 MLB race that is nearing the clubhouse turn. The Red Sox and Lester’s medical team have been cautious about easing him back to the major league roster. We are all hoping for a great performance that will be reflected in the box score, but in the minds of most fans, Jon Lester has already proven he is a winner.

Ironically, his 2007 season and road back began this spring while playing for Gabe Kapler’s Single A Greenville Drive! (See preceding Blog posting).

Dan Shaughnessy, in this morning’s Boston Globe, has written a fine column that outlines the story of Lester’s illness and his comeback.

Our prayers and best wishes are with the Lester and his family – tonight and throughout what promises to be a brilliant career.

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