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Jon Lester picks up the tab for Chicago bar patrons

The free agent pitcher thanked Chicago fans for their support during his years with the Cubs.

Jon Lester thanked Chicago fans by picking up the tab a several city pubs.
Jon Lester thanked Chicago fans by picking up the tab a several city pubs.
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The drinks were on Jon Lester this weekend.

Lester became a free agent after the Cubs declined his $25 million option for 2021, and the pitcher made sure fans know how grateful he has been for their support since signing with the team before the 2015 season.

Lester tweeted Friday that he would pay for everyone’s first Miller Lite at four Chicago bars over the weekend and shared an update Sunday morning that 3,466 beers had been put on his tab, totaling $25,637.90 (including gratuity).

“Thanks for coming out this weekend y’all! Yesterday we added 1,372 ⁦@MillerLites⁩ to my tab, bringing our grand total to 4,838,” Lester tweeted. “Shout out to all the bars, their staff, and those cheers-ing from afar! Whether this is goodbye or see you next year, I love you Chicago!”

He noted that he had received a credit card fraud alert Saturday for all the charges