BOSTON (CBS) — By now you’ve probably heard of the big news in MLB free agency that went down early this morning.
Instead of picking the Red Sox and returning home to Boston, top free agent Jon Lester inked a six-year deal with the Chicago Cubs worth $155 million. You can’t blame the lefty ace, because the Red Sox offer was well short — both now (six years $135 million) and in spring training (four years $70 million).
It’s hard saying good bye to a player of Lester’s caliber, someone who helped the Red Sox earn two World Series wins. But parting ways is a heck of a lot easier when bad stuff is said about the person on their way out the door, which has become commonplace for the Red Sox under the John Henry ownership.
Rather than let Red Sox management dictate the discussion and influence the masses about losing Lester, 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Billy Lanni and James Stewart decided to get ahead of the curve and started their own smear campaign on Twitter Wednesday morning — all in jest, of course.
Toucher & Rich caught wind of the movement, and it wasn’t before long that #SmearCampaign was trending in Boston and around the country.
Don’t you love social media?
Here Are The 25 Best #SmearCampaign Tweets:
Lester never bought a brick. #SmearCampaign— Billy Lanni (@BillyLanni) December 10, 2014
"Lester was really the leader of the Chicken and Beer crew!" #SmearCampaign— James Stewart (@IAmJamesStewart) December 10, 2014
Lester lobbied for Garoppolo over Brady after the KC loss. #SmearCampaign— Mike Lockhart (@Lockhart81) December 10, 2014
Jon Lester partied with Tyler Seguin. #SmearCampaign— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) December 10, 2014
Lester gives out toothpaste on Halloween #SmearCampaign— Mike Billings (@MikeBillings16) December 10, 2014
Jon Lester used warm water for his ice bucket challenge #SmearCampaign— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) December 10, 2014
Lester went to multiple screenings of Grown Ups 2. #SmearCampaign— Hardy (@hardy985) December 10, 2014
Lester invented Sox Appeal #SmearCampaign— Scott Zolak (@scottzolak) December 10, 2014
Jon Lester tapped out before getting eaten alive by the Anaconda #SmearCampaign— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) December 10, 2014
Jon Lester thought Brandon Browner's hit deserved the flag #SmearCampaign— Andrew Celani (@CelaniSays) December 10, 2014
Jon Lester likes the orange Starbursts the best. #SmearCampaign— Steve Forni (@SForni413) December 10, 2014
Lester never shows work on his math homework #SmearCampaign— Phildogg67 (@Oatesie67) December 10, 2014
Jon Lester's favorite member of the Jackson 5 was Jermaine #SmearCampaign— Charles Vasco (@cjvasco) December 10, 2014
Jon Lester still loves the Cosby Show. #SmearCampaign— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) December 10, 2014
Lester repeatedly shunned bass, was more about treble. #SmearCampaign— Hardy (@hardy985) December 10, 2014
Jon Lester was rooting for Matt Damon's character in Interstellar #SmearCampaign— Matthew Geagan (@MattGeagan) December 10, 2014
Jon Lester tried to oust Artie T #SmearCampaign— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) December 10, 2014
Jon Lester gave me his autograph using a dry erase marker. #SmearCampaign— Keith Schiavoni (@KeithSchiavoni) December 10, 2014
Lester hunts out of season #smearcampaign— Aaron (@ALawrence_) December 10, 2014
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