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Sox Players Skip Pesky’s Funeral, Sink Lower in Fans’ Esteem

It's a shame more players didn't show up to pay their respects to the legendary Pesky. (Photo Courtesy Elsa/Getty Images)

If you asked me if this team could sink any lower a week ago, I would have responded with “how could that happen?” It’s no secret the 2012 campaign has been a dark cloud on the franchise’s history. There have been plenty of reasons to dislike this team ever since September of last season. Yet with all the baggage they have and all the negativity that surrounds them, I thought there was literally no way they could sink any lower.

Until I read this story in the Boston Herald.

All but four of the Red Sox players skipped out on Johnny Pesky’s funeral. They did manage to attend Josh Beckett’s annual “Beckett Bowl,” however. Instead of honoring a legend who gave so much of his life to the franchise and the game, they bowled, listened to country music, and knowing this group I wouldn’t be surprised if they indulged in some alcoholic beverages. Disrespectful is an understatement.

The four players who attended the funeral were Clay Buchholz, David Ortiz, Vincente Padilla, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. I can understand the concept that some players may not have been that close to Pesky, which is why they may not have attended. But at the same time guys like Saltalamacchia and especially Padilla who have not been with the team long, still made the effort to honor a legend of the franchise which they are a part of. Nomar Garciaparra even took the time to make a trip from California to attend the funeral, and most of these guys couldn’t make the trip from Boston to Swampscott.

I understand that Beckett’s bowling event benefits a charity, which is always a good thing, but the two events did not occur at the same time. Also, since the Red Sox were in New York over the weekend, they were forced to miss the wake as well. Is it really so much to ask that these guys take the couple hours out of their day to pay their respects to a man who exemplified what it means to be a Red Sox? Apparently it was.

This season has been filled with negative, ugly stories, each one uglier than the last. We’ve had Beckett golfing after missing a start and claiming what he did on his off day was his business no one else’s. We’ve seen Bobby Valentine call out a staple of the franchise, Kevin Youkilis, and thus lose the clubhouse before the season really even began. And of course how can we all forget the staged mutiny which has now led to the question of who sent that infamous text message from Adrian Gonzalez’s phone?

This season has made it incredibly hard to not only cheer for the team, but to say you are a Red Sox fan. How can the games still be selling out when there doesn’t appear to be a redeeming quality in the bunch? Let’s just hope that next season isn’t half as bad as this one.

About Steve Bastek - @sbastek12

Graduate of Bridgewater State University with a BA in Communication studies. I've been a Boston sports fan all my life and enjoy having the opportunity to write about it.

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One comment for “Sox Players Skip Pesky’s Funeral, Sink Lower in Fans’ Esteem”

  1. People need to stop going to the games. Show the team you’re not happy with them, show them you aren’t ok with under-performing, with their behavior. If they play to a “sell-out” crowd with ridiculous prices every night then they won’t learn anything.

    Posted by Vanq | August 24, 2012, 11:00 am

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