Jon Lester’s inability to throw to first base is nothing new, but it’s starting to reach nightmarish proportions for the Chicago Cubs’ and their highly-paid pitcher.
Lester’s monumental case of the yips struck again Sunday, when he fielded a lazy comebacker halfway up the line, then proceeded to spike it into the ground on the way to first base. Somehow, Anthony Rizzo was able to scoop the ball up and still get the out, but the look on his face while doing so is pretty great.
The Cubs’ manager, Joe Maddon, is a real stickler for fundamentals and defense, so maybe something behind the scenes will be done about this epic problem, but I’m not holding my breathe. Lester has pitched for enough teams and been in the league long enough, you would think someone probably tried to fix this already, to no avail. And maybe it’s just me, but I feel like if you’re making $155 million over six years (with a $30 million signing bonus) your fundamentals should be top friggin’ notch. Lester should have to donate $100K to a Chicago area charity every time he boots a throw to first, maybe that would motivate him to get better.