Jon Lester's awkward adventure

As Boston's brass contemplates trading its ace, Red Sox Nation is filled with dread

Updated: July 31, 2014, 9:39 AM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Jon Lester's awkward (and not so excellent) adventure to the ballpark -- the one in which his starting assignment was scratched in anticipation that he could be traded at any moment -- commenced with hushed whispers from a smattering of early-bird fans. (There he is. Poor guy. He's gone. They won't pay him. Ssshh. He might hear you.) His usual stroll into the Fenway clubhouse was met with squeamish stares, the kind you get when you have spinach in your teeth, or spaghetti sauce on your ...

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