Letter to Jon, Farrah, Hudson, and Walker

We love you. Those three words haven’t changed and they never will. You guys are family to us. We have all laughed, cried, celebrated, and despaired together. We’ve been through two championships and endured forgettable seasons. Things have changed over the last few months, but one thing that remains constant is that we love you all very much and wish you nothing but the best in all aspects of life. Though we will feel an emptiness knowing number 31 isn’t on the mound for us anymore, we will constantly be reminded of all the wonderful memories we had together. We are forever grateful for the chance to know the Lester family. You guys are the best of Boston and you will forever be apart of Red Sox Nation! Best of luck to you all in your future.

-Red Sox Nation

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A Fan’s Appeal to Jon Lester

I don’t know if you’ll read this. I don’t know what’s going through your mind right now as you prepare to make one of the biggest decisions of your life; a huge decision that affects not only you, but your family, who I have also come to know and love. But on the off chance you do read this, I want to tell you how I feel about you. I want to tell you how we ALL feel about you.

We love you, Jon. We love Farrah and Hudson and Walker. You represent the best of the Red Sox, the best of baseball, the best of Boston. Ever since you were drafted in 2002, you’ve done special things in the Red Sox organization.

I will never forget when you threw your no hitter. May, 2008. I remember the final out. I wasn’t there, but I sure felt like I was. I remember bursting into tears and screaming for joy. Not because just anyone threw a no hitter, but because you did. You not only battled cancer, you defeated it. It couldn’t have been any better. We watched you grow, from a kid from Tacoma, to a 2 time World Series champion, and a fantastic man, husband, and father. We’ve been with you all these years, Jon. Through the good and the bad. The wins and the losses. I just want you to know, when you were traded, it devastated us. I cried (along with many others) because the guy that embodies the Boston Red Sox – grit, determination, hard work, respect, and integrity- was traded. But please know Jon, the front office traded you (obviously a huge mistake). We (the fans) didn’t. We started petitions. We made our voices known. We chanted your name. Because we love you. And I promise you, many of us would pay you out of our own pockets because we want you back home, where you belong, with the greatest franchise and the greatest fan base in the world. The memories have been amazing, but they don’t have to end there. Come home, Jon. Come back to the friendly confines of Fenway Park, where we can cheer number 31 on for years to come. Just know that wherever you decide to spend the next few years of your career/life, that we are behind you. You will always have our love, respect, and support. You’ve earned it. You’re our guy. You’re our ace. You’re the greatest Red Sox pitcher of all time in my book. Come back and finish what you started.

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Winter Meetings

The best time of the year. Christmas is around the corner, I’m finishing up another semester in college. Tons of good football games in the near future. Oh, and the Winter Meetings start tomorrow. Last year, our front office sat on their hands and watched as many other teams got better. That won’t happen again. We have multiple needs and Ben Cherington has a plan. With an excess of outfielders and good prospects, the Red Sox could (and should) be the busiest team in San Diego this week. Here are our needs and what I think we should/could do to address the needs.

Starting pitching. Obviously the biggest need. Sure as hell don’t want Clay out there on Opening Day. Practically every pitcher that is available has been linked to the Red Sox, even if in an offbeat way. Here is what I think will happen:

1. The Red Sox will trade for Cueto or Hamels. Cueto only comes for potentially one year, so his asking price will be much less severe than what the Phillies want for Hamels. The Reds have been linked to Cespedes multiple times, and a trade makes a lot of sense for both sides. Trading one-for-one won’t be enough though. The Reds will likely ask for at least one or two prospects in return. Here’s my package: Cespedes, Barnes, and Ranaudo for Cueto. If the Red Sox want Hamels, it would take at least 3 good prospects. I’d assume Marrero, Barnes, Brentz, and Ranaudo would be fair for Hamels. That may be a little too much. They sure as hell aren’t getting X or Betts. I know a good amount of you reading this hate the idea of getting Hamels, but we may not have a choice. He’s better than we give him credit for. I’m gonna go out on a limb and suggest it’s quite possible the Red Sox can get both. Doubt they will, but keep an eye on it.

2. They sign Luke Gregerson. After missing out on Miller (that bastard), the Sox will have an opening in the bullpen. Gregerson provides some stability and I think he would be a good fit here. I project a 2 year deal.

3. The Red Sox trade for a backup catcher. Avila makes sense to me, but Detroit seems adamant he’ll start for them in 2015. If not him, Brayan Peña would be an enticing piece.

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