Cubs Star Just Bought Fans a Lot of Beer

Jon Lester, who is now a free agent, opened tabs at 4 Chicago bars over the weekend
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2020 3:30 AM CST

(Newser) – After the Chicago Cubs declined his $25 million option for next season, Jon Lester became a free agent after being with the team since 2015. His next move? Buy Cubs fans a beer—or more accurately, a lot of beers. "Regardless of what's next I want to thank the fans for the past 6 years," he tweeted Friday morning. "So this weekend (10.30-11.1) Im buying y’all my favorite beer." He suggested fans make a reservation at one of four local watering holes, "& your 1st @MillerLite is on me. Just tell em to put it on #JonsTab." On Sunday night, he updated: "Nice work Chicago! 2,771 @MillerLites & a fraud alert yesterday. So far y’all have put a total of 3,466 beers on my tab. Let’s finish strong today, and mask up damn it!"

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USA Today adds up the receipts posted by Lester and notes that at that point he had spent $25,637.90, including generous gratuities, on beer for fans in the Windy City. A bar not included in his list even got involved, pledging to donate $1 from every Coors Lite or Miller Lite sold over the weekend to Lester's charity. And Miller Lite, of course, weighed in with a "Our kind of afternoon – thanks for making this happen!" Lester says he hopes to find a way to stay with the Cubs. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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