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Jon Lester says goodbye to Red Sox Nation with full page ad

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

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New Athletics ace Jon Lester picked up his first win in his first start with his new team on Saturday, holding the Royals to three runs in 6 2/3 innings. Not his best outing, but after a whirlwind last few days, he's allowed to be off his game a bit.

Three days after being traded to Oakland, Lester took out a full page ad in the Boston Globe, saying goodbye to the Red Sox and the fans that make up Red Sox Nation:

You can see the full-size ad right here. Here's the text for those of you like me, with terrible eyes who can't read the image:

Dear Red Sox Nation,

I have a lifetime of great memories of Boston highlighted by 2 World 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. The organization, the fans, and this 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 ya'll.

With all our love,

Jon and Farrah, Hudson, Walker and the Lester Family

Classy move.

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