BOSTON - APRIL 04: Boston Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky salutes the fans before the game against the New York Yankees on April 4, 2010 during Opening Night at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The death of Johnny Pesky hit Boston Red Sox nation hard when his passing was made public on Monday. The 93-year-old Pesky had been associated with the Red Sox for 61 of his 73 years of involvement with Major League Baseball with the last 44 years being continuous.
Known for his loyalty and exuberance for the game of baseball, in an interview with MLB.com, current Red Sox players David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia spoke of their fondess for Pesky and how much he'll me missed around the organization
"I've been in this organization for the last 10 years and Johnny is what the Red Sox would call the franchise," said David Ortiz. "It comes down to this. When you talk about the Red sox, you talk about Johnny Pesky and not being able to have him around physically anymore, this is something hard to deal with. It's very devastating to find out that he passed away."
"He was the best," said Dustin Pedroia. "Every day you'd come in, he'd always put a smile on your face. He'd always joke around with you and make sure you were focused. It was fun. I remember my rookie year, he'd always give me a hard time and give me stories about Ted Williams and you'd always give him a hard time back. When you think of the Red Sox, you think of Johnny. He always treated everyone great. We're going to miss him."
To honor Pesky, the team will wear black arm bands on their road uniforms and for their home and alternate jerseys, the players will wear a black patch with Pesky's No. 6 in white.
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Following the news of the death of Boston Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky, MLB commissioner Bud Selig released a statement Monday.
"The national pastime has lost one of its greatest ambassadors today. Johnny Pesky, who led a great American life, was an embodiment of loyalty and goodwill for the Boston Red Sox and all of Major League Baseball. A part of the Greatest Generation and forever one of ‘The Teammates,’ Johnny was a wonderful player who excelled alongside his dear friends Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio. Just as importantly, Johnny touched the hearts of hundreds of Red Sox players and its legion of fans around the world.
"I am deeply saddened by the loss of this special man, whose number six will be a part of Fenway Park forever. I extend my deepest condolences to Johnny’s family, his many friends throughout the game and all the fans of the Boston Red Sox."
Pesky passed away Monday at the age of 92. He spent 73 years in baseball either as a player, coach or manager.
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Boston Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky has passed away at the age of 92 on Monday. Pesky wore many hats in the Red Sox organization -- player, manager and coach -- and spent 61 years (including the last 44) with the team.