RIP Johnny Pesky.
And theres not much else to say.
Or at least, not much that you haven't already heard.
Whether it was over the last 15 hours, or sometime over the last 70 years, weve all come to know and understand the awesomeness of Johnny Pesky; who he was and what he represented.
Pesky lived through the Great Depression. He fought in World War II. He was walking American history. As an athlete, he was best buds with Ted Williams. He was Peskys Pole. In many ways, Johnny Pesky was the Red Sox.
And it's tough to say goodbye.
But he was also 92. Pesky lived a life that should be celebrated as much as it's mourned. And Im sure well see a little of both the next time the Sox play at Fenway. (FYI: Tuesday, Aug. 21)
For all the awful things we say about this ownership group, you know theyll do it up right for The Needle. A moment of silence. Some kind of special tribute. I wont be surprised to see Peskys son David (who will turn 60 in December) on hand.
And I hope they do something with Peskys Pole.
I doubt the league will let them paint it black, but what if the Sox went the other way? How about lining it with neon track lighting? How great would it be to look out in right field for the rest of the season and see that pole beaming like a lightsaber? Or if that doesn't work, what about just one bright light at the very top?
Granted, with the way this season has gone for the Sox, someone would probably hit a line drive off one of the lights and send it crashing down on a bunch of fans.
But it would be worth it for Pesky.
A Red Sox legend. A great American.
He will be missed.
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The Boston Red Sox put up six runs in the first inning and coasted to a 9-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.
Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. led the way for the Red Sox with four and three RBI respectfully. Both outfielders had two-run home runs in the Sox’ big first inning.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright gave up one earned run in four innings, his ERA for the spring is now 0.68.
The Red Sox are back in action again on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m when Rick Porcello makes his final spring training start against the Minnesota Twins.
Infielder Marco Hernandez may make the Red Sox roster after all.
Fellow infielder Josh Rutledge, the presumptive 25th man on the Red Sox, suffered a left hamstring strain on Tuesday against the Pirates, according to reporters in Florida, including Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.
If Rutledge isn’t ready for opening day, Hernandez, a left-handed hitter, may have his crack.
The question is whether the Sox would be comfortable without a right-handed bat to complement both Pablo Sandoval and Mitch Moreland on the corners. Rutledge was going to give the Sox that right-handed look they sought. (When Hanley Ramirez's shoulder will be healthy enough to play first base is unclear, but isn't expected to be too long.)
Neither Rutledge nor Hernandez has played first base in the majors or minors.
A big-league rookie last year, Hernandez has done decently against lefties at the upper levels of the minors, hitting .328 vs. them at Triple-A Pawtucket last season in 67 at-bats. He hit .315 in 54 at-bats at Pawtucket, with a .318 average against them that season in 88 at-bats for Double-A Portland.
Rutledge is a Rule 5 draft pick who has to remain on the major league 25-man roster the whole season or the Sox risk losing him. Placement on the disabled list doesn’t affect his status unless he’s on the disabled list for a very lengthy time.
An alternative option is Steve Selsky, who has first-base experience, but he's already been optioned.