It still may be a little strange for Red Sox fans to see Jon Lester in an Oakland Athletics jersey.
As Lester moves on from his time in Boston, he took out a full-page ad in Sunday's Boston Globe to say farewell to the city, fans and ownership.
The ad reads:
Dear Red Sox Nation,
I have a lifetime of great memories of Boston highlighted by 2 World Series Championships!Boston will always be home and the love that Red Sox Nation has shown me is something that I will forever cherish. You are truly the best fans in the world! I have been blessed to play with the greatest teammates who are family to me. I want to thank the Staff, Front Office and Ownership for always showing me respect and supporting me during the difficult times. This organization, the fans, and the city have embraced my family and me. My wife, my children and I will always be grateful for the love and kindness that we have enjoyed in Boston. Thank y'all!
With all our love,
Jon and Farrah, Hudson, Walker and the Lester family!
Lester was traded to Oakland along with Jonny Gomes for Yoenis Cespedes before Thursday's trade deadline.