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  • August 14th, 2012

    August 14, 2012:
    Godspeed, Johnny Pesky

    Posted by Christine E. at 9:47 pm in Baseball,Old Friends,Red Sox No Comments

    Today is not a day to gripe about the sad state of the affairs of the 2012 Boston Red Sox, or the alleged mutiny against Bobby Valentine; and the fact that people are actually talking about this nonsense the day after the Sox and the baseball world lost one its own, is a bit distasteful.

    Johnny Pesky’s passing needs to be the focus–at least for a day or 2–the other stuff will be there when we are done honoring a man who embodied everything that is good about the Boston Red Sox–a good citizen of the Nation (hell, I would say Johnny Pesky was the Grandfather of Red Sox Nation–and I challenge you to disagree.) loyal, honest, and was HONORED to put that uniform every day, and being part of the team he loved…

    How ironic is it that 94-year old Bobby Doerr, whom every time he had attended an event at Fenway for the last 5 years or so, everyone says “This will be the last trip for Bobby Doerr”, has outlived his life-long friend, and remains the last Teammate of the sacred 4 of Johnny,  Ted Williams, and “The Professor”, Dom DiMaggio…

    I have told the story before, many times, but it never fails to warm my heart when IMe and JOhnny n tell it, or even think about it, as its one of the best experiences as a Red Sox fan.

    It was 2005, and I was at a game at Fenway with a friend, and Johnny was signing autographs on autograph row. This was not an opportunity I wanted to miss. When I got to the front of the line, I politely asked if I could get a picture with him, and he said of course, so as I sat next to him, and had my picture taken with him, he was asking me where I lived–and when I said “Wilkes Barre, PA” he said “I’ve been there”–he made me feel he had all the time the world to chat–just like he did with everyone else in line.

    And I remember Opening Day in 2005 when the Sox had their ring ceremony as 2004 World Series Champs. While it was pretty dusty in my house all during the festivities, but when they gave Johnny his World Series Ring, and he went down the line, hugging all the players, and you could just see and feel all the love he had for these players, and they for him, well, then it got REALLY dusty in my house…

    I knew this day was coming, as I saw how old and frail he had looked at the Fenway 100 year celebration, and it made me sad to think that Johnny no longer got to to park everyday, like he had for over 60 years…

    The world, baseball and otherwise, is a little less bright now with the passing of this sweet, kind, and classy man. Rest Easy Johnny Pesky–you will be missed…

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