John’s Note: Jon Lester, today a Chicago Cubs (www.chicago.cubs.mlb.com) pitcher, avid hunter and a member of Mossy Oak’s Pro Staff (www.mossyoak.com), just signed in December, 2014, with the Cubs for a 6-year $155 million contract. Lester won the last game in the 2007 World Series as a pitcher. He pitched in games one and five for the Red Sox in the 2013 World Series and won both those games, enabling Boston to be the 2013 World Series championship team. Jon, who’s featured on the cover of the December 22, 2014, “Sports Illustrated” magazine, has been playing in the Major Leagues for 9 years as a pitcher and enjoys being outdoors. According to the article, “Jon Lester Fears No Curse,” “The Chicago Cubs have been the worst team in the NL the last 5 years, but with Lester signing, the rebuilding Cubs have signaled they’re finally ready to compete.”
Phillips: Jon, you’ll be playing on two teams – the Chicago Cubs and the Mossy Oak hunting teams. How do these two teams fit together?
Lester: Baseball playoffs happen during deer season. I didn’t get home until November 5th of 2013. When I get home, after I’ve had some down time, I like to go to the Midwest and hunt with Mark and Terry Drury, although I didn’t get to in 2013. But my team went to the World Series then, and that was the ultimate goal for the Boston Red Sox. That’s my job, and my job – which in 2015 and for the next 6 years will be with the Chicago Cubs – has to come first. I look forward to reconnecting with friends and outdoor experiences each year. I feel really blessed to be a part of two great organizations: the Boston Red Sox baseball team and the Mossy Oak hunting team. It’s great to have my name represent the Mossy Oak family whether I’m playing baseball or hunting. I enjoy and cherish my relationship with the outdoors and outdoors people. I like meeting the other Mossy Oak Pro Staff members, hanging out with them and sometimes getting to hunt with them.
Watch this video with Jon Lester on the responsibility of a role model
To learn more about deer hunting, you can get John E. Phillips’ Kindle eBooks, “How to Hunt and Take Big Buck Deer on Small Properties,” (John’s latest book), “How to Hunt Deer Up Close: With Bows, Rifles, Muzzleloaders and Crossbows,” “PhD Whitetails: How to Hunt and Take the Smartest Deer on Any Property,” “How to Take Monster Bucks,” and “How to Hunt Deer Like a Pro,” or to prepare venison, get “Deer & Fixings.” Click here to get these books.
About the Author
John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors.