Just Say No! Jon Lester throws no-hitter
Jon Lester threw a no-hitter against the Royals May 19 at Fenway Park, which in baseball is often cast as an immortal act but for a cancer survivor is something to be taken with a touch of modesty, a pinch of humor, and, in a quiet moment, to be stuck in your shoe.
Check out all the best shots from Jon Lester's no-hitter, and relive the magic of May 19.
Jason Varitek, who caught Jon Lester's 130 pitches on May 19, became the first catcher behind the plate for four no-hitters.
Let's throw in a no-hitter for good measure. There are times these days when one wonders what New England sports fans did to deserve this glut of riches.
For a moment that he described as "extremely brief," Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell flashed back during Jon Lester's no-hitter to his own no-hit bid 19 years ago. Farrell was pitching for the Indians and, like Lester, was facing the Royals.
It was the top of the fourth inning, and Jon Lester was pitching to Kansas City designated hitter Jose Guillen with two outs. Guillen hit a ball to center field that was dropping fast and appeared destined to be a base hit - but speedy Jacoby Ellsbury raced in and made a diving catch that ended the inning.
The story - Jon Lester's no-hitter, and everything that happened before it - has touched baseball people from all corners.
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Not that the inspiration of the moment wouldn't have been welcomed anytime, but the fact that Jon Lester's no-hitter came just three days after the Red Sox announced that another member of their extended family had contracted a form of cancer is all the more fitting.
Lester and beyond...
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