Seven Years Is A Long, Long Time
Ken Rosenthal reports that it would take a seven-year deal for any team to sign Jon Lester (presumably at $25 million per year, which I’m told is a lot of money).
Seven years is a long time and a seven-year contract is a big bet. If he gets that extra year, Mr. Lester – now 31 – will be with his new team through the 2021 season (barring trades).
How long is seven years? Here are seven things that happened seven years ago this month:
- The Mitchell Report was released.
- Michael Vick was jailed for dogfighting.
- The Tea Party movement was founded.
- New York Senator Hillary Clinton led Illinois Senator Barack Obama by 18 points in the national Gallup poll.
- For those in Chicago, Alfonso Soriano had just wrapped up his first year with the Cubs.
- The Patriots wrapped up their perfect regular season at 16-0.
- The first iPhone was just six months old.
Oh, and Jon Lester was 24 and in his second season with the Red Sox.
That all seems like a long time ago, right? That’s because it was.