Interesting column from Steve Buckley in the Boston Herald about Jon Lester and Hanley Ramirez. A reporter threw a softball question to Jon about him and Ramirez going back to when they were in the minors together, as they faced each other last Tuesday night in the All-Star Game. Sounds like they weren't buddies in the minors:
“I’d have a better chance of being struck by lightning than me and him getting a pizza together,” Lester said. “You can take that for what it’s worth. But there was no chance on God’s green earth that I was getting a pizza with him.”
Ramirez has alienated a few folks in Florida as we all know, and it's known as well he wasn't most mature player while in the Sox farm system. That response from Lester makes it all the more important that Ramirez is not in a Red Sox uniform. And I'll always love that the Sox got Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell for him in 2005.
It also shows that Lester continues to be a tough first-rate ace, and Buckley compares him to Bob Gibson in his column. High praise indeed.
The second half kicks off tonight at Fenway, as Tim Wakefield goes up against the Texas Rangers' Tommy Hunter. Good to have real baseball back.