Just finished up a Q&A with Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, the Belleramine Prep grad, I'm doing for Tuesday's paper. I figured there's no reason to wait, so here it is:
Q: What has the attention been like since you threw the no-hitter on May 19 vs. the Kansas City Royals?
A: "Go to the field, talk to the media, then go work out. That's been my routine lately. But it's calming down. I think, after today, things will get back pretty much to normal and I can go resume my normal routine."
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Q: Have you been tempted to watch the no-hitter again?
A: "I've seen parts of it, just some pitches that I recalled from that night and the next day I went back and looked at them. Just reviewed some little things, nothing major. I haven't watched the whole thing.
"It really hasn't had time to sink in. It's been crazy, worrying about my next start. I'm sure it's one of those things that won't sink in until after the season. … Throwing a no-hitter, that's just unbelievable."
Q: You've known for a while that your father has cancer but you didn't reveal it until now. How have you and your family been handling the news?
A: "He's doing really well, he's handling the treatments well and everything is going pretty good. It's tough when you first hear about it. It's kind of like mine in that it's tough at first. But once you hear the diagnosis and what the doctors have to say (it sounds like) everything is going to turn out all right.
"I haven't seen him since spring training. I'm glad to be home for a little bit, catch up with some of my family that I haven't seen for a little while. Having these three days is a good time. …
"He really doesn't look that much different, with the exception of not having any hair. It's the same old Dad."
Q: Does your successful treatment for anaplastic large cell lymphoma help prepare your father for what he faces?
A: "That's one thing he said: He knows what to expect. He knows how to prepare for each treatment, what to do, what not do, what to eat, what not to eat and all of that. They have definitely got a first-hand look at it and they know what to expect."
Q: Since being diagnosed with cancer in August 2006, you've been able to resume your baseball career and perform at an elite level. Do you think this can inspire others battling the disease?
A: "I hope it does. … If somebody's down in the dumps that day or struggling with the treatments or whatever it may be; if (my story) gives them a little kick in the butt to feel better… I don't look at myself as that. I feel if somebody else were in my shoes, they would have done the same thing. … If I can, in some way, help somebody or inspire somebody, that's great."