The Chicago Cubs Jon Lester fought through an emotional start to get the win over the St. Louis Cardinals after losing his uncle the previous day.
The Chicago Cubs were getting a sparkling start out of Jon Lester. He took a no-hitter into the sixth and a shutout into the eighth. But back-to-back home runs by Paul DeJong and Randal Grichuk put the St. Louis Cardinals up 2-0. Enter the 2016 Cubs. The Cubs strung together three two-out hits–including a single from Anthony Rizzo that Kris Bryant was able to score all the way from first to take the lead.
An emotional Lester could barely hold back the tears as his post game as he spoke of his uncle that he lost the day before. As a Notre Dame graduate, it was “Play Like a Champion Today” for Lester. I think he did just that. Just remember this when we talk about the money that they make. Or how this is “their job.” They’re still people.
Over the past three seasons, there has been a “changing of the guard” in the Central. It started with the Cubs knocking the Cardinals from the playoffs in 2015 and continued into 2016 as they won the World Series. They still have work to do, but the Cubs are slowly working on ending the dominance the Cardinals have held over the division.
These and other stories from around the league:
‘Cubs even up series with Cardinals behind Lester’ – Cubbies Crib
‘The script has been flipped on the Cardinals’ – Cubbies Crib