Lester shows his stuff

Lester shows his stuff
March 26, 2012, 11:08 pm

All anyone wants to talk about these days is Bobby Valentine, and until Opening Day on April 5, that's pretty much how it's going to be. Seriously, David Ortiz could go to four-for-four with two grand slams and the conversation the next morning would be about whether Bobby V. should have pinch hit for Jose Iglesias in the eighth.

But every one once in a while, spring delivers a performance that gives us reason to optimistic, and believe that once the regular season begins, and the obsession with Bobby Valentine simmers to skin-melting boil, we might actually be some decent baseball to talk about.

For instance, take a look at what Jon Lester did today against the Phillies:

Seven shutout innings. Only two hits, no walks and 10 strike outs. He threw 88 pitches and 63 of them were for strikes!

That's an ace right there. And it's nice to see Lester had it in him.

And while we're in Philly, it's nice to see Jonathan Papelbon's still providing the funny.

Here's what Paps said about the controversy that unfolded after he publicly questioned the intelligence of Boston sports fans:

Obviously I wasn't trying to offend nobody, man.

Haha. Nice work, Paps. A little intelligence irony is always a crowd pleaser.

That's what you were going for, right?

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