Sox face criticism after poor showing at Pesky's funeral
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Another day and another bit of off the field drama for the Boston Red Sox.
Johnny Pesky’s funeral was held on Monday morning in Lynn -- an off day for the Red Sox -- but the memorial for one of the most beloved members of the Sox family was not well attended by the current team.
While there were plenty of former players in attendance, including Jim Rice, Trot Nixon and Nomar Garciaparra, only David Ortiz, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Vicente Padilla and Clay Buchholz were there to represent the current Sox roster.
On Thursday, Larry Lucchino said the Red Sox organization was well represented with over 100 current employees.
Buchholz said he was glad that he could be a part of the final farewell to Pesky.
“I was fortunate enough to not have any plans that next day and I was one of the few guys that came to the clubhouse and saw the sheet of paper that they left on our seats saying when it was and where it was,” said Buchholz. “A couple of us said we might as well go and that’s what we did. But in all the other guys’ defense, we got back at 3:45 in the morning and it was an off day the next day -- off days are limited here -- just about everybody on this team has a family to go home to, so they, a lot of them had plans.”
Many of the current players didn’t know Pesky very well and the team did arrive late into Boston following the loss to New York on Sunday night, but a far bigger contingent of players did show up later Monday night at Josh Beckett’s sixth annual Beckett Bowl fundraiser.