CHICAGO — An emotional Jon Lester took the mound Wednesday night for what could have been his final start at Wrigley Field as a Cub.
Lester, 36, will be a free agent after this season unless the team picks up a $25 million option on him for 2021.
“We don’t know what the future holds,” Lester said after the Cubs‘ 3-2, 10-inning win over the Cleveland Indians. “A lot of emotions going into tonight. Trying to make tonight go well. … Maybe the effort was a little too much.”
Lester threw only 62 pitches, giving up two runs over five innings. With a road trip to finish the season looming and the possibility that he’ll be the third starter in the postseason, Wednesday could have been his last outing at home in a Cubs uniform. The first round of the playoffs is best-of-three, and then all remaining postseason games will be played outside of Chicago.
“A lot of things on my mind,” Lester said. “This year hasn’t been easy for a lot of reasons. I’m not sitting here saying ‘woe is me’ because there’s a lot of people worse off than me. A lot of emotions coming into this. Don’t really know what to say, how to take it. A lot of uncertainties going forward.”
Lester signed a six-year, $155 million…