The Boston Red Sox organization took heat for the fact that only four active players were present at longtime team ambassador Johnny Pesky's funeral in August, but the son of the late Red Sox star downplayed the incident when talking to the Boston Herald, saying the lack of player attendance was a non-issue for the mourning family.
"People did what they could," said Johnny’s son, David Pesky. "We didn’t count noses at the funeral. Plus, there were people who weren’t there who did so much and who continue to do so much."
Pesky took a moment to acknowledge Dustin Pedroia, the second baseman who earlier lamented his inability to make the funeral for the player who went on to represent Boston as a coach, broadcaster, and in other ways, saying that "what matters to me is that (Pedroia) always treated my dad great."
Pesky was 92 when he passed away Aug. 13, 70 years after joining the Red Sox organization as a player in 1942.