CHICAGO – If free-agent hurler John Lester pitches his last game for the Chicago Cubs, he is going on a high note with fans. Lester, 36, bought beer for patrons at four Chicago bars on Halloween Weekend, tweeting his tab, which included a 34% tip, at the same number he wore his uniform.
Lester spent $ 47,094.90 between Friday and Sunday, including $ 31,082.63 at Miller Lights and $ 16,012.27 at gratuity.
His Monday tweet comes on the fourth anniversary of the Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years. Lester was the co-MVP of October’s NLCS.
Thanks y’all for coming out this weekend! Yesterday we added 1,372@MillerLitesIn my tab, bringing our total to 4,838. Shout ing to all bars, their employees, and those from afar! Whether it’s goodbye or see you next year, I love you Chicago! #JonsTab pic.twitter.com/OTEIO2gOjc
– John Lester (@ JLester34) November 2, 2020
“What we wanted to do was to brainstorm [for the fans], “Lester said on Friday on ESPN 1000 in Chicago. Couple friends and I were talking and we always came back to it.”
Whatever it is, I want to thank the fans for the past 6 years. So this weekend (10.30–11.1) I am buying my favorite beer. Make a race at @Hopsmithchicago @LodgeTavern @ButchMcGuires @ShenannigansHOB And your first @MillerLite It’s up to me just tell them to put it #JonsTab
– John Lester (@ JLester34) October 30, 2020
Lester is considered one of the best free-agent signs the city has ever had. He left more money on the table to sign a $ 155 million deal with the Cubs before the 2015 season. He helped them to the World Series Championship the following season.
“It’s awesome to be a part since Day 1,” Lester said. “They made my family feel like family and accepted us from the beginning. It’s a fun ride, and hopefully the ride isn’t over.”
The Cubs offered a $ 25 million option on his contract over the weekend, but the sides say there is still a chance he could return to a reduced deal. Lester has stated publicly that he wants to win his 200th career game as a cube; He just needs seven more wins.
“I know there is some doubt as far as money is concerned, but I think we can definitely accomplish this,” Lester said. “I think it’s going to be a long holiday for everyone.”
Lester won 77 games for the Cubs in six years but had a 5.16 ERA in the short season 2020. He has been a postson stalwart, compiling a career 2.51 ERA.