In what has got to be one of the worst kept secrets in the game, Lefty, Jon Lester has agreed to a supposedly 6 year/$155 million big ones contract to play for a team that hasn’t won a championship since before the Titanic left on her maiden voyage.
That’s right folks, he’s playing for the Cubs. It’s a reunion with Theo Epstein and suddenly, overnight, February just can’t get here anytime sooner.
So, what does this mean for our Northsiders? Last time I checked, Vegas had them at 20-1 to win the World Series.
“It’s not often you get to win the lottery,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “We won the baseball lottery so far this year. It’s up to us now to put it in effect.
That’s right, Mr. Maddon. Landing Lester was the easy part, but there’s a championship that needs to be won.
I’m not getting my hopes up, but that’s a lot of money to spend on a pitcher or any player. Ok, I’m cheap. If I were a GM, I’d be sitting way back in the Winter Meetings.
On the other hand, Jon Lester just might be that piece to complete a potential Cubs run to the post season. That my friends, would be awesome.
But wait! What if he gets injured, how will fans react? Will they be screaming for Epstein’s head? Is Lester another Soriano? Sorry about this next one but Edwin Jackson?
To put it bluntly; The Cubs look good.
They’ve got the youth, the speed and now, the southpaw that will chisel batters in that square in front of the mound, so fast and with pinpoint accuracy;
Hell, it’ll be a modern masterpiece.
Of course, this is the Cubs. Bad Mojo happens. I’ve got coffee table books filled with lore and legends, black cats and billy goats.
As I’m writing this, a lady bug just crawled across my keyboard.