Lester thanks Boston fans in ad

Lester thanks Boston fans in ad

BOSTON -- Lefty Jon Lester, traded to the Athletics a few days ago, took out an ad in Sunday's Boston Globe to thank Red Sox fans for their support.

"I have a lifetime of great memories of Boston highlighted by 2 World Championships! Boston will always be home and the love that Red Sox Nation has shown me is something that I will forever cherish. You are truly the best fans in the world! I have been blessed to play with the greatest teammates who are family to me.

"I want to thank the Staff, Front Office and Ownership for always showing me respect and supporting me during the difficult times. This organization, the fans and this city have embraced my family and me. My wife, my children and I will always be grateful for the love and kindness that we have enjoyed in Boston. Thanks y'all!"

Lester won his first game for the Athletics on Saturday.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.