Jon Lester’s wife gave birth to a son right after the lefthander’s start in Baltimore Sept. 28. If you’re a parent, you know how nerve-wracking the days leading up to and then after the birth can be. You are nervous, sleepless, excited, overwhelmed, emotional, proud, and overwhelmed.
It’s a huge time in JLester’s life. If you’re the average American worker, you get a little time off to relish the moment and help out with the baby.
But there’s not much time for that in baseball. Not at playoff time anyway.
Whether it was the joy of the birth of his son or some other motivation, Lester went back to work on a splendid Friday afternoon at Fenway Park and add and was brilliant as the Red Sox crushed the Rays, 12-2, in Game 1 of their American League Division Series.
Lester turned up the heat, literally. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.