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R.I.P Johnny Pesky


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#1 gatorgurl67

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:37 PM

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So sad to report that Johnny Pesky died about one hour ago. I loved that man. #RedSox

#2 Manramsclan

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:39 PM

Johnny Pesky was the sweetest man and a great ambassador for Red Sox baseball.

Rest in Peace

#3 AlNipper49


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:43 PM

Shaping up to be a pretty awesome 2012 season huh

#4 ibrewbeer

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:44 PM

back when i was in the Navy in Oakland in the late 80's he would always toss me a ball because i was wearing my Navy hat and Sox jersey.

bummer.....

#5 Nuf Ced


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:45 PM

Shaping up to be a pretty awesome 2012 season huh


This has been an unbelievably sad year at Fenway. RIP Johnny.

#6 RSN Diaspora


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:46 PM

Seems almost fitting, given the way the rest of the year has gone. I was definitely a fan of his. Sigh...

#7 Dotrat

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:46 PM

R.I.P. Johnny. The end of an era.

#8 bankshot1


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:48 PM

This year just keeps on getting better

RIP Johnny

#9 mauidano


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:48 PM

A great life, a full life! Immortal.

#10 Buffalo Head

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:49 PM

He truly was a really kind, nice man, a true gentleman and was a joy to be around. I was lucky to get to know him and spend time with him over a couple of seasons. Of all my memories of the ring ceremony in '05, talking to Johnny before the ceremony, knowing what it meant to him, then seeing him get his ring was the biggest highlight.

Godspeed, Johnny.

#11 greek_gawd_of_walks


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:50 PM

Deserved to watch a better team for the last couple years of his life. He seemed to be the antithesis of many of our current Red Sox. I didn't get to watch him play. But the fact that someone like me born in 1990 knows so much about Pesky and feels sadness towards a man he never saw play just speaks to the dedication and love he had for the franchise. He was always visible and a great representative for the Red Sox. He seemed like the nicest man.

Rest in peace, Johnny.

Edited by greek_gawd_of_walks, 13 August 2012 - 02:51 PM.


#12 TomRicardo


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:50 PM

Shaping up to be a pretty awesome 2012 season huh


How long before SJH blames Bobby V for his death?

#13 Foulkey Reese


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:51 PM

His reaction in 2004 is still one of my favorite moments. What an awful year.

#14 Rudy Pemberton


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:51 PM

Knew this day wasn't far away, but still sucks, especially given everything else that has happened this season

Edited by Rudy Pemberton, 13 August 2012 - 02:56 PM.


#15 Smiling Joe Hesketh


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:51 PM

How long before SJH blames Bobby V for his death?


Are you suggesting watching this team didn't kill him?

RIP Johnny. We should all hope to have as much joy in life as he did. This news isn't a big surprise of course, he looked pretty awful during the 100th Anniversary Ceremonies.

#16 TheShynessClinic


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:52 PM

Fuck.

Seeing him wheeled out for the 100 year ceremony brought more than a few tears to my eyes.

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Rest in Peace..

Edited by TheShynessClinic, 13 August 2012 - 02:55 PM.


#17 John Marzano Olympic Hero


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:57 PM

"Leskanic! You son of a bitch!"

RIP -- Pesky. Every time a batter sneaks one around the rightfield foul pole, you'll be remembered.

#18 Corsi


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 02:58 PM

Can't wait to see Lucchino try to turn a buck on this.

#19 Greg29fan


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:00 PM

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#20 wibi


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:02 PM

The top picture TSC posted is how I expect my grandfather would have reacted had he been alive to see the 2004 WS win. Pesky might not have meant as much to me before 2004 but he has always been one of the originals from that 2004 team.

Its a little dusty in my office right now

#21 amh03


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:02 PM

I'll miss Mr. Pesky...what a wonderful ambassador of the sport, the team, the park, and just people in general. He always had a smile on his face...

#22 TheoShmeo


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:02 PM

Can't wait to see Lucchino try to turn a buck on this.

Yikes, not your best effort, Corsi.

PS: It seems almost Pesky like to pass away on a day when there was no Sox game.

Edited by TheoShmeo, 13 August 2012 - 03:04 PM.


#23 MarkInLondon


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:04 PM

Damn.

RIP.

#24 Ed Hillel


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:04 PM

Oh, what the hell. Perhaps my most prized baseball possession is a 2004 WS ball he signed "Ted, we did it!" Now he can tell Ted himself :(.

#25 Mike Greenwall

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:04 PM

Shaping up to be a pretty awesome 2012 season huh


It's unfortunate that his death will be linked to this craptastic year. He deserves better.

Worst centennial ever.

#26 ookami7m

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:14 PM

His reaction in 2004 is still one of my favorite moments. What an awful year.


Was coming to say this too. Horrible day.

#27 EastCoasterOutWest

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:16 PM

Damnit. What a shitty day.

R.I.P. #6

#28 E5 Yaz


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:16 PM



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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:17 PM

Can't wait to see Lucchino try to turn a buck on this.


LOL, I thought the same thing.

His corpse will still be warm when we get an email from the Sox trying to sell replica Pesky poles or something.

#30 JimD

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:20 PM

Seeing Johnny Pesky around always brought a smile to my face. My dad passed away in 1989 at age 55, so of course he never got to see the Sox win a title in his lifetime. His favorite player growing up was Pesky and I remember him talking often about him, Dom DiMaggio, Ted and the Sox players of his youth. The great joy of October 2004 was tinged with just a little bit of sadness for me because I couldn't share that happiness with my father, but seeing Johnny Pesky pass by me and my son on that duck boat on Boylston Street - I know it sounds hokey, but seeing Johnny was like a connection to my dad's era, and just a really nice feeling of connection between my son and the grandfather that he never met.

R.I.P., Johnny. I think I can hear Ted's booming voice from here welcoming his old teammate to eternity.

#31 NJ Fan

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:20 PM

Oh, what the hell. Perhaps my most prized baseball possession is a 2004 WS ball he signed "Ted, we did it!" Now he can tell Ted himself :(.

"Leskanic! You son of a bitch!"

RIP -- Pesky. Every time a batter sneaks one around the rightfield foul pole, you'll be remembered.


Great stuff, guys.

#32 ItOnceWasMyLife

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:21 PM

Rip #6

#33 24JoshuaPoint


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:25 PM

Dang. I sent my brother a text and he blames this years team. I'll never forget meeting him down in ST. It only lasted a few moments but the man was awesome. He even had a little tobacco stain on his shirt. Classic.

#34 doc

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:26 PM

That sucks

In all seriousness can we bury him at Fenway?

#35 E5 Yaz


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:29 PM

I remembered this story about Johnny caring for his wife Ruthie. 60 years together

http://www.sunjournal.com/node/472975

Edited by E5 Yaz, 13 August 2012 - 03:29 PM.


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:32 PM

One of the sweetest men I ever met. Willing to talk life and baseball with anyone who approached him.

The Sox fans/organization lost a great one today.

#37 BannedbyNYYFans.com

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:34 PM

SI Vault tweeted this pic the other day. RIP #6

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#38 AMcGhie


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:35 PM

The entire team plays tomorrow wearing #6 jerseys with permission from the Commissioner, right?

They should.

#39 Kenny F'ing Powers


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:35 PM

I remembered this story about Johnny caring for his wife Ruthie. 60 years together

http://www.sunjournal.com/node/472975


I remember him worrying about his sons health and talking nonstop about how it ate at him. He had a huge heart and really loved his family.

This thread makes me sad.

#40 Toe Nash

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:37 PM

The entire team plays tomorrow wearing #6 jerseys with permission from the Commissioner, right?

They should.

Good idea.

Pesky saw a lot of terrible teams and lived 92 years, so I'm fairly sure this year's team didn't do anything.

Sad that he's gone, but at least he lived a full life and finally got to see two championships and be honored as a legend.

#41 JimBoSox9


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:37 PM

Just brutal. What he gave to this team will never be replicated. Mr. Red Sox, and no one else comes close.

Next home game is Tuesday.

#42 E5 Yaz


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:40 PM

Next home game is Tuesday.


Maybe save the No. 6 jerseys for the home game?

#43 Corsi


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:45 PM

Next home game is Tuesday.


Plenty of time for LL and The Dentist to cook something up.

#44 HangingW/ScottCooper

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:46 PM

I'm so glad that he lived long enough to see two World Series championships and his number retired. RIP Johnny

#45 Norm Siebern

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:50 PM

Godspeed Johnny Pesky; you are missed.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:52 PM

Sad day indeed. He was a great player (before my time but my dad has told me) but a better man. I remember going to Winter Haven as a little kid and he'd come sit in the stands and tell stories. I vividly remember him taking me onto the field with him at Chain of Lakes Park to show me this new kid who could really throw (turned out to be Clemens). He got me the ball Clemens was throwing. Every year I'd go back with my folks and every year Mr. Pesky was there with a smile and more stories. An organization couldn't have asked for a better ambassador than Mr. Pesky.

Our loss is truly heaven's gain on this one...

#47 Flynn4ever

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:54 PM

Never met him nor saw him play, but his inspiration on the WS teams has been obvious. Let's see Papi hit one next to your pole soon in your honor (on the fair side!)

#48 mauidano


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:55 PM

I'm so glad that he lived long enough to see two World Series championships and his number retired. RIP Johnny

EXACTLY THIS.

#49 HomeBrew1901


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:56 PM

LOL, I thought the same thing.

His corpse will still be warm when we get an email from the Sox trying to sell replica Pesky poles or something.

Rigamortis?



Edit: Seriously though, growing up in Salem Ma I know a number of people who met him at a diner that he was a regular at. Always friendly, loved to talk to anyone about the Sox and really relished in his role as an Ambassador to the Sox. It's not surprising, but doesn't make it any less sad.

Edited by HomeBrew1901, 13 August 2012 - 03:59 PM.


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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:57 PM

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I have this picture signed by Johnny. He was at the Spinners annual charity dinner, in early December of 2004.

When I gave him this to sign he said "I was so surprised when Schilling kissed me! I told him I'm not that way!!!"

Sweet sweet man, who always had time for everyone.