There’s a pretty good chance Jon Lester’s tenure with the Oakland Athletics has lasted less than half a year.
But that doesn’t mean his brief stay by the Bay Area wasn’t memorable, right?
That seems to be the mindset of the team’s official online auction, which put an interesting item up for bid Monday.
Yes, that’s a baseball, but it’s not just any baseball. It’s the ball that Lester used to throw his first pitch with the A’s on Aug. 2 against the Kansas City Royals. Lester got the win in that game and would win his next two contests as well, finishing the season with a 6-4 record and a 2.35 ERA in an Oakland uniform.
The rumors surrounding Lester have been flying since the beginning of the offseason — with his former Boston Red Sox in the middle of the hunt — but that hasn’t stopped the free agent’s souvenir ball from drawing some interest. As of Wednesday night, the highest bid on Lester’s ball was $80.
That number will pale in comparison to Lester’s new contract, but at least whoever wins the ball will have proof that Lester really did play for the A’s that one time.
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