Today came the much anticipated announcement of the Red Sox opening day starter and our man is Jon Lester. With Bobby Valentine at the helm, it wouldn't have been a huge surprise if something unexpected happened-- however, he made the right choice with Lester. This wasn't really much of a competition in my eyes as Lester is no doubt the team's ace after putting together a 15-9/3.47/182 season in a down year last season. This announcement makes sure that opening day against the Tigers is bound to be a good one as Justin Verlander will presumably get the start for Detroit. Verlander had a season for the ages in 2011 as he won the AL Cy Young and MVP after going 24-5/2.40/250, also winning the pitcher's triple crown. In fact, this may well be Lester's toughest assignment of the season. I'm glad Lester gets the start and he definitely deserves it.