#AskLester Have you had a chance to get to know the city yet? It gets 10xbetter in the summer I promise! Lol Can't wait to see you April 5!
— Ginny_Wrigley (@Ginny_Wrigley) March 8, 2015
JL: Not really. My wife and I walked around when I signed and then for the convention. We didn’t have a lot of time. We did more looking around for places to stay and stuff like that than exploring Chicago. It’s a beautiful city and every time we went there my wife and family came and we did the normal things everyone else does, go down Michigan Ave. and stuff, so we’re looking forward to exploring and finding some new parts to it and everything.
Any good fishing stories? #AskLester
— Joe from Plainfield (@TheRealFekDad) March 8, 2015
JL: Nothing crazy, but it’s just cool to fish in your own pond. I have them in my yard in Georgia. Just spending the time and money to raise the fish and trying to get them bigger and then turning around and catching them is kind of rewarding.
#AskLester if you had to choose a team mate to fight for your life, who would it be and why?
— DZB (@davis_boom) March 8, 2015
JL: Probably Brad Penny. He was into all that MMA stuff. And he’s 6-5, 250 pounds. He’s not a bad guy to have on your side.
Are you and Rizzo good friends prior to your arrival in Chicago? Seems you guys have common bonds. #AskLester
— John McIntosh (@johnmac161) March 8, 2015
JL: I wouldn’t say close, but we had that connection (cancer survivors) and we talked a couple times through his whole process. He was just so much younger so I didn’t know him until the day I met him, and unfortunately with the circumstances. But seeing him over the years and catching up with him was always good.
How good can soler and bryant be #Asklester
— SportsfanWalt23 (@SportsfanWalt23) March 8, 2015
JL: I have to give that some time to watch them more, but the numbers in the minors speak for themselves. But it’s a whole different animal up here. As far as everything I’ve heard and watching just a little bit, they’ve definitely impressed me. You don’t see 6-4, 6-5 third baseman that have the hands and smoothness over there that Bryant has. Haven’t watched Soler too much but from all I heard he’s pretty good too. Hopefully all they’ve done in the past translates. It’s all you can really hope for.
Who's the toughest hitter you've ever faced? #AskLester
— hi im mike (@mdole) March 6, 2015
JL: I think as far as just getting an out, probably Derek Jeter. As far as the nostalgia angle, it would have to be Ken Griffey Jr. I faced him a couple times when he was with the White Sox and Seattle. That was tough for him facing your childhood hero and all that stuff. But for getting an out it has to be Jeter.
#AskLester Specific pitch you're looking to improve in '15, or another pitch/variation of a pitch that'll be a new part of your repertoire?
— Matt Clapp (@TheBlogfines) March 6, 2015
JL: When you get to where we are at now it’s not really about inventing anything or trying to change things, it's more about improving the consistency of what you have. It’s just a daily battle that you always fight. You always fight that until the day you’re done. It becomes hard if you come into spring training every year and you’re trying to invent something or make something extremely better. I think you’re given what you’re given and your ability to manipulate certain pitches. I can’t throw a (Kyle) Hendricks changeup, I can’t throw a (Jason Hammel curveball, it’s just what you’re given and try to improve the command of what you have.
— Michael Vazquez (@MichaelV11391) March 6, 2015
JL: I would have to go with Old School. That’s pretty funny.
— ZEH (@zacharmeyer) March 6, 2015
JL: It wasn’t something I planned but I was fortunate enough to throw less pitches in my two innings so I went to the pen to throw some more. I hate doing that stuff because you don’t have the adrenaline of the game going. Usually you’re throwing ball one, ball two or they’re fouling pitches off so was just fortunate enough to get some quick outs. So finished up in the bullpen.
— Jaime Mendoza (@J_Mendoza8) March 6, 2015
JL: The main reason was for Nolan Ryan. Loved watching him pitch as a kid. Besides 31 that was my next favorite number. And also for the Chicago connection with Walter Payton and Kerry Wood. Was just honored he let me wear it and was accepting of that. It’s cool.