Jon Lester has a message for Chicago Cubs fans as the team's 2017 season comes to an end.
In a tweet Friday, the morning after the Cubs' blowout loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS, Lester recognized that they "came up short," but added that he's "still proud of this team."
"Thanks to the fans for supporting us from first pitch on opening day to the final out last night," he wrote.
After a storybook 2016 season, the Cubs fell short in their efforts to repeat as world champions.
Yet even as the team fell to the Dodgers 11-1 Thursday night at Wrigley Field, fans stayed and cheered on their beloved north siders.
And even as the Dodgers sprayed champagne around the cramped visitor’s clubhouse inside of the Friendly Confines, Cubs fans were left with optimism and hope for a team that still managed to go far.
"What a year," one fan wrote in response to Lester's tweet. "Let's meet them again next season! Go Cubs Go! You're my favorite pitcher."
To which Lester replied with an "Amen."
Another fan wrote, "3 Years 3 NLCS. Thank you never thought I'd say that."
"Let's change that to 4 NLCS in 4 years," Lester wrote. "And 2 WS titles!"
The Cubs still accomplished quite a feat coming off a World Series win in 2016 - and Cubs manager Joe Maddon didn't want anyone to forget that.
"I wanted [the team] to know, 'Listen, three consecutive years...that there’s only one other game up on the scoreboard when you’re playing right now. I hope that’s not lost on anybody,'" Maddon said after the game. "That’s not easy to do."
While the season may be over, Maddon says the team is nowhere near done.
"My point is, heads up: we're going to keep getting better," he said.