Of all the accolades and awards the members of the Red Sox have received, this could be the most impressive of the lot. Jon Lester is the 2007 recipient of the Tony Conigliaro Award for overcoming adversity. Lester has made it clear he wants to be known for his pitching, not for his battle with cancer, but he certainly fits the definition of the award:
“overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage that were trademarks of Tony C.”
Lester posed with the plaque at Fenway yesterday and spoke about the award.
Though Jon Lester acknowledged he isn’t too knowledgeable about Tony Conigliaro, that didn’t mean he was any less honored to receive the award named for the late Red Sox outfielder. Especially when Lester learned the names of some of the past recipients: Jim Abbott, Bo Jackson, not to mention teammate Mike Lowell.
And yes, the story in the Globe was written by Amalie Benjamin. For legal reasons I can’t go in to, Red was not allowed to post about it.