Red Sox Nation pays their respects to Johnny Pesky
LYNN, Mass. (WHDH) -- Red Sox Nation came together to honor Fenway Favorite, Johnny Pesky. Pesky died Monday at the age of 92.
Sunday the public got a chance to pay their respects and say their final farewell to the Red Sox legend.
“We lost a huge icon to baseball.”
Pesky was a staple at Fenway Park.
“He was definitely an icon. Who wouldn’t be here?” said Brenda Ellsworth.
“I think Johnny Pesky is a symbol of Red Sox Nation and Red Sox fans everywhere. He’s a special man,” said Joanne Clarke.
Joanne and Brent Clarke traveled hours to pay their respects.
“We're from Virginia. We’re just up for the weekend. We had to come pay our respects to him. He was so important,” said Brent Clarke.
To Robert Naples, number six was a longtime friend, dating back to his playing days in the early 1940s.
“I’ll tell you what; he took me in more years for nothing than anyone could dream of. Johnny Pesky is number one. A wonderful, wonderful man,” said Naples.
In a season that has tested the faith of Red Sox Nation, the love and appreciation fans have for Johnny Pesky remains stronger than ever.
“He wasn't supposed to die. You'd think we wanted him to live forever. He's been an inspiration to my son,” said Joanne Clarke.
“God Bless. He’s the greatest,” said Naples.
As fans walk in to say their final farewell to Johnny Pesky, they’re also picking envelopes to make a donation to the Jimmy Fund. The Jimmy Fund is something the family said Johnny Pesky grew to love. It was so much a part of him and is a way to keep his memory alive.