February 13, 2013

Red Sox SP Lester hopes to bounce back

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Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, front, throws a bullpen session during spring training Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, right, gets a fist bump from pitching coach Juan Nieves after throwing a bullpen session at spring training Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

"I love baseball. I love Boston," he said. "People don't see me other than the fifth day. When I'm out there, I'm not out there to kid around. I'm not out there to joke around with hitters. At the same time, I'm having fun. It may not look like it. I may be cussing up a storm and yelling at somebody, but I'm having fun. I love to pitch. I love everything that is pitching, everything there is to baseball."

Lester won 34 games in the previous two seasons leading up to last year.

"I don't want to also come across as lackadaisical and not really caring about working hard. I take everything I do very seriously. I want my workouts to be the way they should be. I want my bullpen (session) to go the way it should. I want my game to go the way it should," he said. "If it doesn't, I'm going to be (upset). That's just who I am. At the same time, yeah, I can improve on those in-between days where you don't take it as serious. But I'd rather be on the serious side and work my way down than be the goofball and work my way up."

Despite all the negatives last season, Lester insists there were positives, too. There where he wants his focus.

"Hopefully, you just keep building off those," he said, "and your expectations get higher and higher from there."

 

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