The Red Sox drafted 18 year old left-handed pitcher Jon Lester in the second round of the 2002 draft and gave him the highest signing bonus of any second-rounder that year, $1 million. Lester quickly moved through the Red Sox organization, posting an 11–6 record, a league-leading 2.61 ERA and a league-best 163 strikeouts for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs in 2005. Lester was one of the Red Sox' top-rated prospects while in the minors, and other major league teams made efforts to acquire him. The Texas Rangers had demanded Lester be part of the proposed but ultimately rejected deal before the 2004 season for Alex Rodriguez. The Florida Marlins insisted he be included in the trade for Josh Beckett before the 2006 season, but again, the Sox were able to keep Lester. On August 27, 2006, Lester was scratched from his scheduled start against the Oakland Athletics due to a sore back. The following day he was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and was sent back to Boston for testing. At the time, Lester's back problems were thought to be the result of a car crash he was involved in earlier in the month. On August 31 it was reported that 22 year old Lester had been diagnosed with enlarged lymph nodes and was being tested for a variety of ailments, including forms of cancer. A few days later, doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital confirmed that Lester had a treatable form of anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Lester underwent off-season chemotherapy treatments at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, named after the former MLB pitcher and manager whose life was cut short by cancer in 1964.
In December 2006, ESPN.com reported that Lester's latest CT Scan showed no signs of the disease, which appeared to be in remission. Lester made his first 2007 start for the Boston Red Sox on July 23 against the Cleveland Indians at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, pitching 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out 6, picking up the win. Lester started and won the clinching game of the 2007 World Series, Game 4 against the Colorado Rockies. Less than two years after being diagnosed with lymphoma, Lester started and won the final game of the 2007 World Series, and in May 2008, pitched a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals. So I guess it comes as no surpise that Jon Lester is willing to accept a pay cut to stay with the team that supported him through the most important battle in his life. Good for him. Good for him for valuing loyalty to his town and teammates, over a fatter paycheck somewhere else. Lester is indeed in good company.
Chances are you wouldn't mind being Jay-Z even if he wasn't married to Beyoncé, what with his $500 million fortune, cool friends, and significant influence in the entertainment industry. However, Jay-Z is married to Beyoncé, and so here are 35 Beyoncé GIFs that are going to make you wish you were Jay-Z.
Hey Ernie. Went ATVing a couple of weeks ago at Waldorf mine outside of Georgetown, CO. and ran into this ATV that rolled down 3000 ft of mountain. Luckily the girl riding jumped off without getting too hurt. Charlie
Kona Brewing Company is a craft brewery located in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii's Big Island and is the top selling craft beer in the state. Since October 1, 2010, it has been owned by Craft Brew Alliance. Kona's year-round beers include Longboard Island Lager, Big Wave Golden Ale, and Black Sand Porter. They have three rotating seasonal brews in their Aloha Series including Koko Brown, Wailua Ale and Pipeline Porter. Kona Brewing Company distributes in 36 states and 10 countries with more than 220,000 barrels of beer sold in 2012.
Reginald Lucien Frank Roger "Reggie" Watts is a French-American comedian and musician, who performs regularly on television, radio, and in live theater. His comic skills come into play in improvisational performance, as well as performance of written music. Here is Reggie Watts serves up some 1980s, complete with "Breakfast Club" references.
All right, knock this shit off! I HAVE BEEN HAVING A VERY BAD DAY! I just got out of jail this morning! Already I've been shot at, I was on a bus that flipped over seventeen times, bitch tried to stab me in the bathroom, and somebody blew up my Porsche! I am in a bad goddamn mood! Now I usually don't step in on things like this, but this man Jack Cates is gonna help me straighten out the rest of my day! So I suggest you all back up, and let us go about our business! (51:30)
the 31 dumbest moments of 2013 as told by social media. but then it seems i repeat myself.