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Home Discount - “I would much rather stay in the situation that I have now for a little less than to go and try to break the bank somewhere else."
Boston Red Sox Lefthander, Jon Lester has stated that he would be willing to take less money to stay with the World Champions rather than test the free agent market. Jon has been in the Red Sox organization since 2002. He is in the final year of a six year deal for $42.75 million. This was signed following Jon’s bout with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2006 and 2007. Red Sox Team President, Larry Lucchino is a survivor of this form of cancer as well.
When Jon’s girlfriend from Dartmouth College was unavailable to take him for his treatments, one of the other soccer players made the 120 mile trip from Hanover, NH to Boston. There were schedules to maneuver, and careers put on hold, but this was to help Jon get through his chemotherapy treatments. Another group of young women established a Web site and fund-raising operation: www.thelesterproject.com. They sold bracelets and contributed that money to the Boston-based cancer research fund, The Jimmy Fund. The bracelets cost $6 each plus $2.53 for shipping. Cheap. Easy.
The Stanley Cup made its way to the condo complex that Jon lived in following the Boston Bruins title run in 2011. Injured Bruins Forward, Marc Savard also lived in the same building as Jon. Marc used his one day of celebration to show the trophy to his adoring fans. This was one of the first times that Marc had appeared in public following his two serious concussions. One of these head injuries brought about changes to the rules with the NHL. Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins was not penalized for his vicious hit on Marc, but was later suspended for ten games for the same type hit on New York Rangers Defenseman, Ryan McDonagh. Marc could not been nicer to all the kids who flocked to the condo when word leaked out that pictures could be taken with The Stanley Cup, for no charge.
The residents kept their distance from Jon when he took the elevator to and from his floor. He liked to be left alone, and they waited for the next one patiently. The residents got the same treatment as the Dartmouth College girlfriend. When the treatment was finished, so was she.
It is true that the Red Sox lowballed Jon with their contract offer of $70 million over four years. The Los Angeles Dodgers paid Right-handed Pitcher, Zach Greinke $147 million over six years while the Detroit Tigers offered Max Scherzer, $144 million over six years which he refused. Jon is definitely in their class. The Red Sox will up the ante once Jon returns the $11 million he pilfered during the chicken and beer incidents of the 2012 pennant race. Winning two World Series games in 2013 only softened the blow.
In contrast, there is Christine Michael, Running Back for the Super Bowl Champion, Seattle Seahawks. (Yes, that is his correct first name). He followed through on his promise to attend the Senior Prom with Taylor Kirkwood. She is an 18 year old autistic child from Houston, TX. She has autism and is two years removed from scoliosis surgery. The event was held at the Goose Creek Country Club on Saturday, April 12th for Anahuac High School. Christine even picked the tab for the limousine, and put his recent dancing lessons to good use.
Magnanimous - proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.
That was quite a gesture by the Seattle Seahawks Running Back, Christine Michael. He took a look in the mirror, and what he saw was “an 18 year old girl “who needed a break. It wasn’t too much to ask of a 25 year old healthy, professional athlete. Maybe when Jon Lester looks in the mirror, he will see that scared 22 year old kid who needed a support system at the most important time in his life, and complete strangers gave it to him. The Red Sox will give you in excess of $100 million. Please don’t make them beg for your services.

Maybe if I ask your Dad and Mom
They’d let me take you to the Junior Prom

Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire.