7 reasons Athletics fans should be excited about Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes
Lester and Gomes should make A's fans happy
The Red Sox traded Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes (their H's are staying behind in Boston) to the Athletics for two-time home run derby champ Yoenis Cespedes on Thursday and, in doing so, totally rocked the baseball world.
There are about a million reasons why this trade is exciting for the A's, but here are just a few:
1. Jon Lester is really, really good
Lester's finishing his time in Boston with the ninth most wins in Red Sox history, as well as the fourth most strikeouts, trailing only Roger Clemens, Tim Wakefield and Pedro Martinez.
Need more proof? Here he is striking out 12 batters just a few weeks ago -- something he's done five times in his career:
2. He definitely doesn't like bats
While Lester like missing bats, sometimes he feels the need to destroy them instead. Seriously -- the things he does to them are often unkind:
3. And he's got some slick defensive moves too
Pitchers are crucial in preventing runs, so it helps when they can lend a hand in the field too. Check out this slick barehanded play from the 2013 World Series against the Cardinals:
4. Meanwhile, Jonny Gomes loves America
Gomes is a valuable outfielder with some nice pop in his bat. But, even more than that, he loves America. This is irrefutable fact.
5. And he comes with his own insane tattoo
Yeah, OK, it's Red Sox themed -- but just imagine the tattoo he'd get if he helped bring a title to Oakland?
6. In fact, Gomes has many talents
Apparently, including gator hunting and cricket: