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We talk about hope we talk about promise and the hot weather you think about baseball and spring and it finally happened spring training was done.
Baseball has started and Jon Lester -- Red Sox have gone on the road to hostile Yankee Stadium and John Lester.
As this daughter in game one the ace of the Red Sox -- by any chance do you remember the final score yesterday.
They -- to its until -- and to not believe it was eight it was it was a little detail.
Would you what you attribute jump out wanna know last year five -- -- we got to first win this year one -- I -- -- Also I -- a long time so it's been.
Has been a long time come -- and then in the Red Sox and it's it's great to get off to a good start this year all I hear from players screen -- is way too -- -- Is that eight Ulysses is it really -- Drake on you know -- does it times.
For me I love spring training because it's you know obviously the weather's great.
My son -- spring training go to the pool with the -- -- these two and a half so's you know.
Plays in the pool all day takes a good -- been -- to give my fish you know the way down there are so.
You know it is it for me it's a great time those those last probably week week and a half.
You know day and in baseball wise the source -- are needing getting up early every day but the other -- Greg writes to hell where's your velocity now from where you -- -- You know what I don't know you I didn't really look a whole lot yesterday.
I would imagine that you know come June July -- -- -- a probably jump up a little bit.
For me it's -- some muscle loss -- it's just making sure the balls down and if if I'm able to still -- that angle that's -- and it's going to be.
The biggest side of me being good very -- very -- to find somebody out Kyoto to Jon Lester you skills you pitches your ability.
And you -- lettuce is and I think he's just okay you can many people consider you one of the elite pitchers in the American only do you look at it like that.
Com I just I don't really thirty about it you know I -- I know that I'm pretty good at what I do.
But as far as compare myself to other guys I try not to.
Try to go -- -- pitch you know for the Red Sox and then it goes deep in the games is a key benefits.
You know five innings like yesterday -- fits the the full nine you know I just I try to do his best like Canon and hopefully -- -- have to be -- -- that I came up in sports Panetta doing news and everything else.
I first emerging named John -- -- heard you're a very strong -- what the future the Red Sox.
But when you're 21 years old and I hear this dog that is going to be the anchor that staff.
All of the sudden is got diagnosed with cancer what was that like for you just you know obviously crazy time for me my family.
You know but -- at that time the you know is kind of like.
You know kids -- -- or can't you don't know any better I didn't know me know what the prognosis was what it's the next step -- you know anything so.
You know is almost good to be dumb and just hey what's what's the next what's the next step -- we need to do you know -- that's best of the -- Route that I took with that you know hey doc what was much treatment what do we need to go what do I need to do its due to -- over with them to beat this.
Not too concerned about it -- security for spring training so it was non hodgkin's lymphoma -- -- was it -- it was back pain they cause you to go to the doctor.
At which time he said listen you got it when he got he was you dad with -- the time he was he was.
My dad's youngest brother's a doctor.
In Tacoma Washington in and -- their -- the Mariners and I'd been complaining about it in.
Didn't really tell the team you know just as I was a rookie and and didn't -- to deal with you know being in -- himself.
He took me over there and is like -- let's just -- it looked dead and let's get -- taking care so I can be of the fielded at the right time and the ER doctor came in not my uncle came in in and told me that in and obviously floor both of us.
So -- soon.
Did you take it circle undergoing treatment but that was.
You know beginning of the week I think.
Middle of August middle end of August.
By the end of the week we -- back in Boston.
By the beginning of net that following week I was in.
The hospital admitted to Mass.
General because my back pain it was so bad.
And it took them a full week to actually figure -- was wrong with me because my blood everything came back fine with my blood in and lymphoma.
Is a blood disease so you know everybody's cup thrown for a loop on -- like what's going on and finally did about seeped into the week -- and found out what it was in and from there we too coarse fraction -- yes.
And up it's -- -- six rounds did you try to train through that oh yeah yeah I mean.
As best I could you know and then there's days word do you feel like to slain in bed all day and I did that and then there's days for a -- grade and went to the gym and do what I need to do and you know if there's days on the go efficient and proficient at Thursday's that you know I felt like it ST good drive around and do that you know.
Just tried to live a normal life I think that's those big for me as you've got back -- you started pitching.
And and start being so effective with this team in tossed a no hitter and what do you think that did for other people going through the same thing.
Bottoming -- -- it kind of brought to -- so did you hear from there are absolutely playing -- letters.
Play people have met in the in the New England area that you know -- told me their story in.
You know just for them shaken my hand -- -- some type inspiration and you know it took me awhile to really grasp that -- and then and acknowledged that you know it was tough for me first I just want to get back to being a baseball player -- Not the cancer survivor and he knows.
By just below immature and stubborn on that.
And you know took me good couple years to really embrace being cancer survivor and what that means to people and now it means to you is -- you and your family started found beaten.
Focusing on pediatric cancer yes only bad -- books it's called never quit NPR cutesy.
You know the -- educate -- side of it was.
My son was born and just kind of sitting there imagining mean being in my dad's shoes and and -- in -- couldn't imagine him going through what I went through and you know that in the -- -- -- really doesn't get a lot of recognition.
So it was a great fit for us and you know the -- that that that approach this with this is named -- question and he gave us.
Gave us this idea and we just ran with fitness been has been great force so -- I'd never quit never quit.
And it's abbreviated and this is -- hash tag if your Twitter correct yes and VR.
QT from him.
I don't think is anything that they'd rip somebody apart more than seeing kids with cancer and I mean the child and you and you do you have a chance to see the wings -- these hospitals.
For these children -- I have.
You know obviously being -- -- -- -- get the Jimmy Fund raise their -- five visited that you know a lot in earlier in my career.
We -- here recently we haven't had the chance to go over there is much.
Obviously you know with -- getting this going we've we've had kids that you know -- portion -- to get to come to come to games and and do that so we get to to get him out of the hospital in in and come and enjoy batting practice and and seem to be the game.
You know it I notice with players you know you have to deal with the press which you don't embrace a 162 games to see people that show up almost every day and others -- -- you the questions.
And sometimes you'll do I don't want to see it.
Other times your fans boo you and you might get a little tired of that but I've never -- -- players see a kid.
And go and not smile and -- walk over to -- end.
Is that in is that energizing for you when you go to the ballpark and -- kid made with your Jersey on.
Smiling with you and you could see what Europe which your success has done for them.
Yeah I mean I just go back to being that kid you go back to.
So remember and when when you were little and got to go to baseball games and and see your favorite players and be around -- be around field get a hot dog with your dad or mom or whatever and and just embraced the cutesy kids gained just embrace -- so you're from Washington I am so who's your guy Griffey.
Ken Griffey -- -- do you want to be one of the -- player I want to be center fielder and you know be just like him you know I had cleats in the glove and you know the whole deal so.
Generally worked out for me in the the hitting department but you know pitch and that's that's been our would you remember the time in which the first time people looked up to -- listen -- you you know your big guy he's thrown out you could probably be a player is if you could probably be approach you remember that moment -- for me it developed pretty slowly.
You know I always goes through part for my age.
And down but it didn't really click for me until my junior year -- went to showcase him between my sophomore or junior year.
For whatever reason just took off my junior year of Aussie one up had a really good year had a really good summer that year and then.
You know starting in the calls from pro scouts and colleges in a bigger colleges.
And from there it Beirut you know started to kind of click -- -- maybe I got a chance to get drafted and then.
It just kind of kept building from there maybe get a chance -- draft in the first round you know and then it really -- hit home one mile wide.
Yet here I got to focus on this and I can't worry about my high school basketball team I gotta -- about you know trying to.
Secure my future thumb is -- drafted by the Red Sox and everybody knows he you got all this talent.
And the Marlins say if you want Josh Beckett you -- include Jon Lester you're in the minor -- do you know about that.
I didn't know about that -- -- knew about the Manny Ramirez Sox arteries steel and -- -- 04 right.
-- before though force you see who they were I was supposed to be a Red Sox he said the deal was done I the deal the deal was done and and Bud Selig -- didn't approve it and you know recession wanna win a World Series that year -- -- VP and everything's great Jon Lester here's how it sounded the last night or yesterday afternoon any Yankee Stadium as you go down and shut down the bomb.
There's Gartner -- -- that could start from -- he strikes out garden and start today.
Swing offense gets away a ball.
The Triad region well.
This strike three knicks knew it six with a in the third gave for Jon Lester.
And -- -- right through its state secret and being the fourth strikeout Jon Lester you know.
-- -- -- And it's good for strike 36.
Strikeout for Jon Lester who loves you know first stand -- 02 pitch.
Well also strikeout looking he'd do it.
Six -- 63 strikes overall seven strikes 96 pitches five innings good start especially against the Yankees.
What was it like facing that lineup without a ride without -- without to share without granderson.
For the for Yankee fans they've never seen it like this they've -- so good since 95 for whom it is weird special Jeter.
You know he's been the staple obviously for very long time there.
You know faced him a lot.
And this is weird kind of early enough the game with garner -- Jeter produced -- for against the Yankees who you embraced this robbery might correct.
I guess god I like it and it's fun.
You know he I didn't really get the whole primary until I got to the Red Sox organization in you know grown up on the West Coast you don't understand it so.
Got here in and just embraced it and knocked I've said before to now you know our division so tough that the rivalries come -- You know gone away a little bit I think it's more for the fans in the media as opposed the players and we got to worry about the blue jays were -- -- about the Orioles in the rays now and everybody's good so.
You know that you see if you can just win against anybody you know let alone the Yankees you know you're doing pretty good.
So do you ever think about which you've been through at 21 years old he can -- overcome if you threw a no hitter become the ace of the steps you overcome it.
Do you ever think about teaming with other people that have gone through that because it seems what -- like -- or not.
Athletes are what people look up to especially those who are suffering with cancer.
Yeah I mean.
We have -- -- which you don't never quit yes this -- kind of the idea.
That the nice thing about never quit his its its nationwide you know the PCR if this is located in California.
So we're -- all branches were were going all over the country and try to try to raise awareness for that if people want to contribute had to do it -- find that we -- -- you can go to never quits dot org -- your QT dot org.
And we've got bracelets.
These and if you watch -- at home right now Kilmeade and friends dot com.
These are the -- -- you give that it's in the VR QT.
Is on them and and he'll sign it.
It will -- I'll sign it kind of the idea behind it is.
We wanted people to go out you'll give it to the Little League team play -- game have Little League -- sign it.
Maybe go to a hospital and give it to Q that's going -- treatment just kind of lift their spirits a little bit.
I've signed and give them you know keep giving them to kids.
You know it does this kind of the ideas is have a little momentum like hey I'm struggling -- look over the ball they never quit let's again keep I gotta gotta gotta -- through this.
It's that's kind of the idea behind it and you know hopefully people can embrace that and when -- I'm obviously everything doses to never quit and.
So Pat Williams you know he's going to -- rare to have -- cancer right now Pat Williams is.
And the vice president Orlando Magic who brought the magic to Orlando and was he GM of the 76 is back TJ Brooke championship there.
He says he's going through treatment and as he sits in the are going through the chemo and the radiation.
One of the nurses walked up -- says that would -- like -- -- not -- know it's brutally got a smile.
Everyone's looking -- you and seeing how tough this is if you smile you would -- a great message is 25 people in the room.
Did you feel that pressure because people go whisper it's Jon Lester it's.
-- -- -- I I got my first treatment in Boston and they'd and they took really -- -- -- they stuck me -- -- back and back room and nobody really knew I was there are so.
Got my treatment got out in -- -- you know wasn't any recognition there.
And then I moved -- to see back -- sell my parents and got the rest my treatment -- Fred touched so nobody.
Mean I live audio sister regular patient you know set out in there with the with the rest of -- -- and got my treatment -- Nobody knew shows great on that that's out of it you know somebody like that does very well known in that area.
I understand that yeah I mean people -- looked -- him hey how's he can handle it and you know -- he handles it well at the picks me up.
And every time he threw strike -- as you as the year the solid guy -- I think -- and agreements to people going through Zuma brutal treatment to get better.
Jon Lester it's great -- studio it's unbelievable that -- doing -- so these years later.
And BR QT -- never quit.
The foundation is out there's -- find out more and help that a great cause John -- -- directors season thank you try and -- Google you'll go all the way thank Jon Lester the ace of the Red Sox fan a staff in our studio.
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