Jon Lester became a free agent after the Chicago Cubs declined his $25 million option for 2021, and the pitcher is making sure fans know how grateful he has been for their support since signing with the team prior to the 2015 season.
Lester tweeted Friday that he would be paying for everyone’s first Miller Lite at four different Chicago bars over the weekend and shared an update Sunday morning that 3,466 beers had been put on his tab, totaling $25,637.90 (including gratuity).
He noted that he had received a credit card fraud alert on Saturday for all the charges.
Lester spent six years with the Cubs, going 77-44 and a 3.64 ERA. He helped the team reach the postseason five times, including a 2016 World Series title that broke the franchise’s 108-year drought.
The 36-year-old left-hander is getting a $10 million buyout from the Cubs, but hopes to figure out a way to stay with the team.
“I know there is some doubt as far as the money that’s out there but I would like to think we can definitely get this thing done,” Lester said on ESPN Radio.