When Johnny Pesky passed away on August 13, the Red Sox had a memorial shortly there after with the intention of holding a larger celebration of Pesky and all his accomplishments later in the year. The Red Sox organization announced that they will host a “Celebration of Life” tribute to Pesky on September 23 after the completion of the Sunday afternoon game against the Baltimore Orioles.
An official press release, courtesy of the Boston Globe, states that the ceremony to honor the lifelong Red Sox will begin at 6:00 with many stories surrounding the decorated life of Pesky, and will conclude around 7:00. There is no admission for fans and those that have game day tickets are welcome to either hang around the ball park until the ceremony begins or leave and return if they so desire. Fans can also stay at the beloved ballpark until it closes at 9:00.
The official release states that fans will have the opportunity to walk the warning track and see some of Pesky’s accomplishments both in his professional and personal lives with many different illustrations and shrines. The Globe outlines that Pesky wore many hats during his Red Sox career, including a player, coach, manager, broadcaster, ambassador, patriot, husband, father, and friend.
Fans can also get creative and write a personal message to Pesky’s family that will be collected and stored as part of the Nation’s Archives at Fenway Park. Many past and present Red Sox players will be in attendance and fans will have the chance to interact with their heroes and idols.
It sounds like a beautiful day that will honor a wonderful person. Johnny Pesky deserves the best and this type of ceremony is fitting for the man whom Red Sox Nation adored. It also allows the fans a first hand chance to honor #6 in a classy, respectful way. Well done Red Sox.