Jon Lester Doesn't Care to Share Pizza With Hanley Ramirez
It's a silly question, but Lester didn't have a particularly jokey response.
"I'd have a better chance of being struck by lightning than me and him getting a pizza together," Lester said. "You can take that for what it's worth. But there was no chance on God's green earth that I was getting a pizza with him."
The chances of getting hit by lightning are 244,000 to 1. The odds of sometime going out for pizza with someone you work with are considerably smaller than that which indicates that there might be more than Ramirez's infamous love of anchovies behind the fact that the two men never shared a piping hot pie.
Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald points out that the Red Sox felt Ramirez had maturity problems when he was in their system, a point of view that would seem to be backed up by some of the run-ins he's had with managers and teammates with the Marlins. That's certainly one possible explanation for the reason why the two men never broke bread, but it isn't the only one.
It could have been because Lester isn't a particularly friendly guy. Buckley draws a comparison between Lester and Bob Gibson, a pitcher notorious for being prickly toward just about anyone he ever met, and wonders if part of the reason Lester is such a good pitcher is because he doesn't hold warm feelings for anyone he might ever face during a game. Perhaps, but being a generally friendly sort doesn't seem to stand in the way of any number of other big league pitchers.
The only thing we know for sure is that Lester's answer was a refreshing change from the bland pablum normally peddled by players when asked their opinion about just about anything. Lester doesn't like Ramirez, the particular reason isn't all that important, and he didn't bother coming up with an empty platitude to cover his true feelings. Crash Davis might not suggest the same for up and coming minor leaguers but the world should remain pretty firmly on its axis nonetheless.