Ross: 'An honor to wear No. 6'
August, 21, 2012
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com
Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesTo honor the late Johnny Pesky, every member of the Red Sox wore his No. 6 on Tuesday night.BOSTON -- At approximately 6:54 p.m., Tuesday night at Fenway Park, both the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels emerged from their dugouts and stood on the first- and third-base lines to honor the late Johnny Pesky.
The legendary Pesky, a fixture with the Red Sox for more than 60 years, died last Monday. He was 92.
A No. 6, Pesky's uniform number, was cut into the outfield grass, behind shortstop, Pesky’s position during his 10-year playing career. Every member of the Red Sox wore No. 6 for the night.
Bob DeChiara/US PpresswireDavid Pesky, the only child of Johnny, throws the ceremonial first pitch, which was caught by David Ortiz.
A moment of silence was recognized, “Taps” was played by a trumpeter standing at shortstop and Red Sox broadcaster and ceremony emcee Dave O’Brien said, “Rest in peace, No. 6.”
Red Sox legend Jerry Remy escorted Pesky’s son, David, out to the mound for the ceremonial first pitch, which was caught by the current face of the organization, David Ortiz.
“Johnny was legendary,” Ortiz said.
When asked how much Pesky meant to the Red Sox, Ortiz answered, “A lot.”
“Not to just the baseball team, but to baseball in general,” Ortiz added. “Pesky had a wonderful career, and not only that, he went to World War II and represented all of us. We’re not just talking about a baseball player.
“It was a great honor for me to get to meet him, spend some time and have some great memories from him,” Ortiz said. “Seeing his family struggle (during the funeral on Monday) was a little hard.”
“It’s an honor to wear No. 6,” Cody Ross said after the Red Sox lost, 5-3, to the Angels. “Pesky meant, and means, so much to this organization and always will. I kept glancing over at the pole, just kind of having memories of him. We’ll miss him.”
“It was great,” Jarrod Saltalamacchia said of the ceremonies. “It’s something to remember. I went to the funeral and it was such a great service. He’s going to be missed. What he’s done for this organization, let alone what he’s done in baseball, he’s a legacy that’s never going to be forgotten.”