After 130 pitches and hitting the gun at 96 mph, Jon Lester did something most may not have thought would be possible when he was diagnosed with cancer Sept. 1, 2006: pitch a no-hitter.
While the words "cancer" and "no-hitter" are going to be uttered together for a long time after this game, I think Lester himself would like it best if cancer wasn't even a part of this discussion.
Before he was diagnosed with cancer, Lester's name revolved around baseball and the potential he had. After the bad news broke, his name has become synonymous with cancer. He's been trying to break that ever since.
This no-hitter should be about where Lester is going, not where he has been. Game four of the World Series was Lester's breakout game in my opinion, but it was once again overshadowed by his victory over cancer. While everyone is looking back on what he has done, let's look forward to see what else this young lefty can provide with many more years in the Red Sox rotation.
Don't get me wrong: Lester's no-hitter is extremely inspirational and will go done as one of the greatest stories in Red Sox history. I just think we need to do him a favor by focusing on his pitching skills from now on -- just like he'd prefer.
Lester has quite a resume stacked up already. Winning a deciding game of the World Series? Check. Pitching a no-hitter? Check. Having his pitching accomplishments overshadow everything else? Check.
Now what's he going to do next?