Happy 90th birthday, Johnny Pesky
A nice moment has just unfolded here at Fenway, with the Red Sox celebrating Johnny Pesky’s 90th birthday with an on-field presentation. Pesky’s birthday was yesterday, when the Red Sox were in New York, so they honored the occasion tonight.
Pesky went to the mound with his red fungo bat and threw a ceremonial first pitch to Jason Varitek.
Johnny is as good an ambassador as any Major League team has. Even though Johnny isn’t around the park as much as he used to, it’s still great to see him whenever he is. Just a complete class act. That’s all I can say about him.
And Johnny’s Number 6 hangs proudly on that right-field facade, along with Bobby Doerr, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice and Carlton Fisk.