Was it elegant? No. Was it swift? No. It didn’t have to be.

Baserunners have come to expect that Jon Lester will never, ever throw effectively to first base, and they can take leads – and bases – at will.

But no more!

Because Jon Lester just picked off Starling Marte. The full video is here, and here:

Sure, all it took was Lester stepping off at the right time, but then he still had to throw the ball to Anthony Rizzo with some pace. And he did it! IT WAS GLORIOUS!

Beware, future baserunners. It was all a long con.

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