MESA, Ariz. — Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester sounded off on Rob Manfred after the commissioner called the World Series trophy “a piece of metal” in an interview with ESPN that aired over the weekend.
“That’s someone that has never played our game,” Lester said Tuesday. “You play for a reason. You play for that piece of metal. I’m very proud of the three that I have. If that’s the way he feels, then he needs to take his name off his trophy.”
In the ESPN interview, Manfred spoke about potential punishment for the Houston Astros as the result of their sign stealing. MLB eventually settled on a season-long suspension for manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow (both were fired by the team) and fined the Astros $5 million. No Houston player was punished.
“The idea of an asterisk or asking for a piece of metal back seems like a futile act,” Manfred told ESPN of the idea of stripping Houston of the World Series title.
The commissioner apologized for those comments Tuesday.
“… In an effort to make a rhetorical point, I referred to the World Series trophy in a disrespectful way,” he told reporters in Scottsdale, Arizona. “And I want to apologize for that. There’s no…