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Red Sox brass reportedly mad that more players didn’t go to Johnny Pesky’s funeral

Aug 23, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

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We’ve secretly replaced the 2010 Mets with the 2012 Red Sox and Walter Reed Hospital with Johnny Pesky’s funeral. Let’s see if anyone notices!

The late Johnny Pesky gave his life to his beloved Boston Red Sox but, sadly, it appears only four current players made time to attend theFenway icon’s funeral.

Word from Yawkey Way is that the Sox front office hired buses to bring players, office and staff to the funeral from the ballpark to the church. The suits, we hear, were surprised and disappointed when the vast majority of the 40 players on the roster didn’t bother to show up for the services.

The Boston Herald had a reporter there and counted the players, observing only David Ortiz, Clay Buchholz, Vincente Padilla and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Let’s pause for a moment and note that one of those guys is considered the biggest jerk in the game and another one got ripped for going to a charity function earlier this year.

Anyway, you know that this has to be true and that the front office is really, really mad. How do you know this?  Because the front office issued a statement saying that the team was “well represented” at the funeral.  And the source telling the Herald that the team is angry is — and I am not making this up — “Someone Who Knows.”

But hey, maybe “Someone Who Knows” is right and there is anger about the attendance at the funeral.  Know what’s worse than that, though?  The fact that “Someone Who Knows” thinks it’s nice and appropriate to use a man’s funeral in service of the season-long blame game being played by Red Sox staff.

Some men just want to watch the world burn.  They all live in Massachusetts and work for the Sox, apparently.

  1. yahmule - Aug 23, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    You really can’t expect too much from some people. Chick Hearn announced 3,338 consecutive games for the Lakers between 1965 and 2001 and team owner Jerry Buss and star center Shaquille O’Neal couldn’t trouble themselves to attend the man’s services when he passed in 2002. Some people get it, some people don’t.

    • jayquintana - Aug 24, 2012 at 3:28 AM

      Are you serious? Maybe Shaq gets a pass, but Jerry Buss? How could he not have been there?

  2. opshuns - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    I am not even a Red Sox fan but Mr. Pesky is one of the most respected gentleman in baseball history. Shame on you Red Sox players!

  3. imodan - Aug 24, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    15 hours later and this hack blogger hasn’t edited/updated this story using Luccino’s comments. I rest my case, Calcaterra is a bum.

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