Red Sox Can’t Give Up On Jon Lester

July 24, 2012 12:00 AM
Red Sox Can’t Give Up On Jon Lester
" BOSTON (CBS) — In a season full of bizarre moments for the Boston Red Sox, the scene on Sunday afternoon may have been the hardest to believe.

There was Jon Lester, not long ago a local hero for his winning battle with cancer and his World Series victory, walking off the mound after allowing an unfathomable 11 earned runs in just four innings, his ERA ballooning to 5.46, nearly two runs higher than his career mark. But as hard as it was to understand just how poorly Lester’s pitched this year, it was the sound of Fenway Park that many never imagined to be possible.

The fans were booing.

Not all of them booed, of course, but the sound was nevertheless a bit startling. That’s not to say that fans don’t have the right to boo the “ace” of a staff who’s pitching poorly, it’s just a scenario that as recently as last summer would have been considered impossible.

Yet, that’s where Lester and the Red Sox are right now, one week before the trading deadline, and it’s leading some to believe the Red Sox should clean house "

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