Jon Lester is buying Cubs fans their first beer this weekend to say thank you to the fanbase. Patrons' first Miller Lite will be on #Jonstab. Lester tweeted fans to make a reservation at Hop Smith, Lodge Tavern, Butch McGires, or Shenannigans on Friday, October 30 through Sunday, November 1 to redeem the lefty's "favorite beer."
The Cubs are expected to buyout Lester's last year of his contract for $10 million, making him a free agent. "Regardless of what's next I want to thank the fans for the past 6 years," Lester tweeted.
The city of Chicago is placing tighter restrictions on bars and restaurants this weekend as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. In a reply to a concerned fan, Lester assured him that safety was his top priority.
Lester signed with the Cubs as a free agent in 2014 for a six-years $155 million contract. In 2016, Lester helped lead the Cubs to their first World Series in 107 years and was named co-MVP of the NLCS. The five-time All-Star has 193-career wins, just seven shy of 200 wins. Lester has been outspoken for his appreciation for the club and close relationship with Cubs manager David Ross.