The Chicago Cubs open the 2017 regular season on Sunday night. This season takes on a whole new feeling as the Cubs will look to defend their World Series title.
Left-hander Jon Lester will take the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals. In many ways, the Cubs couldn’t ask for a more appropriate guy to do it. Lester has proven throughout the course of his career to be a leader. In addition to his elite ability on the field, Lester has overcome personal challenges to remain a force in the league.
Fans witnessed the close bond between Lester and catcher David Ross. Following the retirement of Ross, Lester looks to start a new chapter of his career without his closest friend to guide him on the field.
Last season’s postseason run is exactly why Cubs President Theo Epstein got Lester. The rotation will be a strength once again, but it will be headlined by a veteran who knows what winning takes. The overall makeup of Jon Lester is fascinating and why we love this game.
Let’s take a moment to highlight Lester’s career as we gear up for Opening Night!