Think baseball fans were captivated by free agent Jon Lester’s impending decision?
According to Maury Brown, MLB Network’s ratings on Tuesday evening – as you may recall, that’s when everything in the Lester pursuit was coming to a head – set a new record for the network. To be sure, the number is a little light for a TV network (179,000 viewers), but it was a 48% increase from the previous record. That’s a freaking blowout.
Folks love them some Jon Lester.
Speaking of which, if you follow Lester on Twitter or checked out his feed in the last day, you noticed something: Jon Lester is the nicest guy in the world. As you can see in his reply feed, Lester took the time – like, hours of time – to respond to dozens and dozens of tweets sent to him from happy Cubs fans and angry Red Sox fans. The responses were kind, thoughtful, and often funny. He took even the harshest comments from Red Sox fans in stride. I think Cubs fans are going to love this guy.
I also think future Cubs TV partners are going to love what’s coming …
Dear Future Cubs TV Partners –
Think you might be able to get some ratings with this fan base and this team?
— Brett Taylor (@BleacherNation) December 10, 2014