Jon Lester thanks almost everyone on the planet after signing with Cubs
After being traded or signing with a new team, a player will often put an advertisement in the newspaper or send out a tweet thanking all the fans that have supported them over the years. Brett Lawrie did it, Josh Donaldson did it, and Nick Markakis just did it.
After signing with the Cubs, Jon Lester decided to do things a little differently. Sure, Lester still took to Twitter to say goodbye to the Boston fans and city where he won two World Series titles:
Extremely difficult decision for me and my family but we love the outcome and couldn't be more excited to join the Cubs organization! #NVRQT- Jon Lester (@JLester31) December 10, 2014
To Red Sox Nation, I understand the disappointment. Boston will always have a big place in my heart and we'll always consider y'all family!- Jon Lester (@JLester31) December 10, 2014
But that's not all. Lester risked severe finger discomfort and a light eyeball strain as he spent over three hours making sure each fan who reached out to him felt heard. Seriously.
This is just a small fraction of what his timeline looks like:
But Lester didn't simply hit Ctrl+V on "Thanks" a couple hundred times. He offered good luck on a final:
@mrspedroia sorry Lilly, please hang in there and crush your finals!- Jon Lester (@JLester31) December 11, 2014
Absolved people of their internet sins:
@Curtin_Sean water under the bridge brother!- Jon Lester (@JLester31) December 11, 2014
And even offered up some helpful spelling and grammar tips:
@N_Ruggiero Sorry you feel that way buddy but i believe you meant "you are" and "traitor"- Jon Lester (@JLester31) December 11, 2014
And before you get too sad, Red Sox fans, just remember that you'll always have the memories:
If you want to read all of the roughly 82,000 messages (give or take), check out Lester on Twitter @JLester31.