Gresh & Zo: Lester’s Burden Of Expectations

July 19, 2012 12:00 AM
Gresh & Zo: Lester’s Burden Of Expectations
" Gresh and Zo kick off Thursday’s show discussing comments Jon Lester made about the “burden” of expectations he faces, and whether he is happy in Boston.

“You think I’m happy right now?” Lester told ESPNBoston’s Gordon Edes. “You think I like coming to the park with almost a 5 ERA (4.80) next to my name, with a 5-7 record? I mean, who would be happy?”

“Am I happy in Boston? Yeah, I’ve got a house here, my family loves it here, I love taking my kid [son Hudson] here. That’s two different things,” he said of being happy off the field and happy with her performance on it. “If I’m sitting right now with David Price numbers and said I was not happy, then yeah, maybe it’s about Boston. But who in this clubhouse is happy with losing?”

Lester also commented on expectations that come along with setting the bar too high.

“You come up here,” Lester said, “and you say, ‘I’m a part of the Red Sox organization, the Red Sox. It’s a tough place to play, but it’s all about baseball, so let’s go out and play and see what happens.’ Then a couple of years later you have expectations "

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