Jon Lester RUMORS & NEWS

  • Jon Lester to make second Opening Day start for Cubs in 2017

    Fanrag Sports "According to an official statement released by the club on Thursday afternoon, the Chicago Cubs will be handing the ball to veteran left-hander Jon Lester for their Opening Day matchup against the rival St. Louis Cardinals. It is also worth noting that Lester will be making his second Opening Day..." March 02

  • Lester missed White House trip due to family death, not politics

    USA Today "Jon Lester was one of four current Chicago Cubs players who were on the roster for the franchise’s first World Series title in more than a century to miss Monday’s White House visit. The Cubs ace said on Twitter on Tuesday that his decision had nothing to do with President Obama, who is set to..." January 17

  • Jon Lester takes funny shot at himself for inability to throw to first base

    Larry Brown Sports "Jon Lester has a major problem with throwing to first base, but at least the Chicago Cubs ace has a sense of humor about it. Lester’s problems throwing to first gained a lot of attention after he signed a $155 million contract with the Cubs. He basically stopped trying to hold runners on..." December 01

  • Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester will be available to pitch in Game 7

    Chicago Tribune "After pitching 5 2/3 innings during the Cubs’ 9-3 victory against the Indians in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday, Jake Arrieta said his right arm is ready for anything in Game 7 on Wednesday. Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Jon Lester will be available, too. “I’ll definitely be available..." November 02

  • Jon Lester will be in Cubs’ bullpen for rest of World Series

    Larry Brown Sports "Jon Lester gave the Chicago Cubs six strong innings on Sunday to help them win Game 5 of the World Series, but that does not mean his work for the series is done. Lester threw just 90 pitches on Sunday and had Monday off, so he will be in the bullpen as an option for Joe Maddon in Games 6 and 7..." November 01

  • World Series opponents Lester, Francona have deep bond

    Today's Knuckleball "Terry Francona certainly knows who he wants to win in Game 1 of the World Series. After all, he is the Cleveland Indians manager. However, Francona admits it will be hard to separate his emotions completely when his American League champions meet the National League champion Chicago Cubs on..." October 25

  • Jon Lester hosted party with Eddie Vedder after Cubs clinched pennant

    Larry Brown Sports "When the Chicago Cubs finally finished guzzling champagne and Budweiser in the clubhouse following their NLCS-clinching win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night, the party was just beginning. The afterparty, which was held at Jon Lester’s house, featured a very special guest. Eddie..." October 25

  • Jon Lester named Cubs' Game 1 starter

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Cleveland. The announcement will be made official at a Monday news conference at Progressive Field." October 24

  • Cubs' Javier Baez, Jon Lester share MVP honors in NLCS

    ESPN "Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and starting pitcher Jon Lester were named co-MVPs of the National League Championship Series after the team's 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night in Game 6 in Chicago. The Cubs won the series 4-2 to advance to their first World Series in..." October 23

  • Lester shrugs off early hook: 'I don't get paid to make decisions'

    ESPN "This is the kind of thing that happens when a career American Leaguer switches leagues. Chicago Cubs starter Jon Lester knows better than anyone. And you know what? It's all good. Lester continued his home dominance in Game 1 of the NLCS, as he held the Dodgers to a solo home run by Andre..." October 16

  • Cubs To Start Jon Lester In Game 1 Of NLCS, While Signs Point To Kyle Hendricks In Game 2 "As expected, the Cubs will start left-hander Jon Lester in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday at Wrigley Field, manager Joe Maddon confirmed Thursday. While nothing is official, signs also point to right-hander Kyle Hendricks starting Game 2 as he says he feel “great”..." October 13

  • Jon Lester to start Friday's Game 1 for Cubs

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs announced Tuesday what became apparent 3 1/2 weeks ago as left-hander Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the National League Division Series Friday night at Wrigley Field. Lester, who led the Cubs with 19 victories, will be followed by NL ERA leader Kyle Hendricks. Lester, who..." October 04

  • Jon Lester on Cubs: ‘I don’t want to sound like an a--hole, but we haven’t really done anything yet’

    CSN Chicago "Jon Lester says he speaks for the entire clubhouse when he offers to trade it all in – the individual numbers, All-Star selections, Cy Young honors, MVP hardware – for a World Series ring with the Cubs. The Cubs are trying to have it all, 100-plus wins, the awards season, all those..." October 02

  • People on Twitter are mistaking Jon Lester for NBC debate moderator Lester Holt

    The Comeback "Jon Lester is a Cy Young-contending pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. He’s also played for the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics in his 11-year MLB career. He’s been to four All-Star Games, won two World Series championships with the Red Sox (and started the World Series-clinching game in 2007),..." October 02