CHICAGO (CBS) — Cubs pitcher Jon Lester was just 22 years old when he was called up to the big leagues.
“At my age, where I was at, playing for the Red Sox, being called up, I was hyped up a little bit. You feel like you’re walking on water. You feel like nothing can get you,” Lester said.READ MORE: Toys For Tots Motorcycle Parade Delivers Presents For Children
During his rookie year in 2006, he was also diagnosed with a rare blood cancer. He says it was reality check.
“I think that brought me down. I think it really help me put everything into perspective. Not taking what I do for a living for granted,” said Lester.