Reactions on Twitter to Johnny Pesky’s Passing
As a baseball fan from St. Louis, I won’t pretend to fully comprehend what the beloved Johnny Pesky meant to Boston and Red Sox fans around the globe. That said, when I first heard the news of Mr. Pesky’s passing Monday afternoon at the age of 92, I stopped in my tracks.
I’ve never heard a bad word spoken of Mr. Pesky, and, judging by the chatter on Twitter, many feel the same way. Here’s a small sample:
Jacoby Ellsbury (@JacobyEllsbury): RIP Johnny Pesky. You will be missed in the clubhouse and by #RedSoxNation.
Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann): Words cannot adequately describe the loss of Johnny Pesky, who has died after a lifetime of being genuinely, generously terrific to people.
Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis): The most impressive thing about Johnny Pesky has to be that not one bad thing has ever been said or written about him. And this is BOSTON.
ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo): Via ELIAS: Red Sox Johnny Pesky died today (age 92). He is only player in MLB history to lead league in hits in each of his 1st 3 seasons.
BostonTweet (@BostonTweet): Roses outside Fenway Park for Johnny Pesky.
Mike Lowell (@mikelowell25): My prayers go out to Johnny Pesky, a true “man” of baseball. Your stories & attitude always made me smile. Rest in peace. We all love you.
Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe): Sad as the Johnny Pesky news is, the man served his country, was a heck of a player, made so many friends + lived to 92. What a life.
Jon Lester (@JLester31): Just heard we lost one of the good ones today. A great player and an even better man, rest in peace Johnny, thank you for the memories.
Mark Feinsand (@BloggingBombers): The Yankees remember the late Johnny Pesky before the game.
Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN): Not many people in baseball history have given more to the sport than Johnny Pesky did, through his lifetime.
Lou Merloni (@LouMerloni): Johnny Pesky thank you for always being there for me, making me a better player and a better person. I’ll never forget you. RIP
Peter King (@SI_PeterKing): RIP Johnny Pesky. One of the great baseball players and personalities of our time.
Mia Hamm (@MiaHamm): Johnny Pesky, a true gentleman. RIP # 6
Although it’s not listed at the top of his resume, Mr. Pesky managed the Pawtucket Red Sox in 1990 from June 27 – September 3.
The PawSox send their condolences and prayers to the Pesky family, and are honored to have been associated with not just a terrific baseball player, but also an outstanding man.