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Friday, March 30, 2007

Mr. Pesky

*photo from boston.com*

57 years. For most of his adult life, Johnny Pesky has worn the uniform of the Boston Red Sox. He's been a player, a coach, and a manager, and a prouder Red Sox member has never been found.


Banished from the dugout by previous ownership in 1997, he was back where he belonged, in the dugout, when the current ownership group took over in 2002. Except for brief periods, including late in 2004 (Yes: MLB in all it's infinite wisdom did not allow this proud man in the dugout when they finally won it all) that's where he's been.


There is no better sight than Mr. Pesky congratulating Big Papi with a hug after another monster bomb, or when Ortiz sits down next to him in the dugout and throws an arm over his shoulder. The respect and love these players have for this man is obvious to anyone who sees it happen. Who can forget Pesky, with tears streaming down his face while Schilling poured a beer over his head on the field after they beat the Cardinals in Game 4? Schilling kept saying "You deserve this. This is for you." My wife can tell you the times I've cried in front of her on one hand and have fingers left over: I'll admit, it was a mite dusty in the house that night.


Once again, Uncle Bud and his stormtroopers have screwed up big time. These keystone cops could not find water if they fell out of the boat, and now they are going to enforce some antiquated rule about only having 6 coaches in the dugout, even though it's apparently been OK the last 5 years, give or take a few weeks a season. These are the same morons who took their game package away from 250,000 potential customers, cancelled a World Series, and let an all star game end in a tie. They let performance-enhancing drugs change history while turning a blind eye, yet get emphatic that an 87 year old man can't sit in the dugout during a game.


He is an old man. How many more years does he have left on this earth? For all we know, being around the game so much is what has helped him get to 87. Selig and MLB thrive despite themselves: a more callous, heartless, selfish bunch of morons you'll never find.


Here's to hoping someone with an IQ higher than a 6 year old sees the stupidity in all this, and Johnny is in the dugout the first game in Boston. Or, as Matt suggested to me today, Papi gets the players to pitch in and pay whatever the fine for him being in the dugout will cost.


Better yet, how about John Henry just goes to Selig's office, gives him a blank check, and tells him to fill in how much it's gonna cost, and then tell Uncle Bud to go pound sand where the sun don't shine.

37 comments:

Kaylee said...

great pot.OH YOU Dont want too know my thoughts on BUD there,might be some bad words used....alough i neever saw pesky play i have heard alot of wonderful things about him:)

scott h said...

Oh me you pick up the fight for mr pesky but you wont drive 19 hrs with your adoring childern to come visit! I bought Garrison a nano for his birthday and trying to get his set up. I have my own and I justdownloaded the entire Rolling Stones catalog to mr 13 yr old. Gonna have to leave and figure this out.

Kaylee said...

//Or, as Matt suggested to me today, Papi gets the players to pitch in and pay whatever the fine for him being in the dugout will cost.//

there are not many ideas i would give Tree squirrel credit for and actually agree with but this one I do.THEY MAKE ENOUGH MONEY THEY COULD DO THAT.I bet if jhe could papi really would that is just the kind of guy he is.gotta lov papi and his smile.

Kaylee said...

fine scott go figure out the NANO IPOD talk to you tomorrow since I dont work til sunday.

scott h said...

You work one day and they give you a day off?

Kaylee said...

YES sir its called part time I said I would more hours on the weekend though.

scott h said...

Yes Sir? oh me

Kaylee said...

which seems to be the first thing places like where I work seem to ask you!

Kaylee said...

//Yes Sir? oh me//

Yes you are the only sir here right now!

Kaylee said...

Scott would you prefer I call you something else?besides sir?

Tex said...

ya miss me??? Ive been helping out a friend...she is moving and has a 3 yr old...so I watched the kid while she packed my truck and her car. This kid has more attitude than I do...she is a HOOT!! which is why I get along with her so much!

Kaylee said...

I missed you but not your state:)

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Kaylee said...

I meant post in my first comment not pot just to clarify so ya all dont rag on for it.especially scott:)

scott h said...

Kaylee you are like a chatty kathy doll, pull your string and listen to you go! TEX I was about to float down and see what had happened to you!

Tex said...

one of my coworkers who is my son's age is buying her first home SO tomorrow is the big moving day. I cant really help out moving cos of my thumb in the brace and all...so Im the designated babysitter. her kid and another coworkers kid. MickeyD's here we come!!

Kaylee said...

I know. no wonder I annoy my family so much!

Christine E. said...

Great Post Ted...When I watched the Sox get their rings at the start of the 05 season, ya know what made me cry? When Johnny Pesky came out and got his ring and was hugging all the guys and telling them he loved them.

I could see John Henry do that with the blank check--and that would be so cool..

I had the pleasure of meeting Johnny and having my picture taken with him when I was at the Fens in 1995. Although there was a big line to see him, he made me feel like he had all the time in the world--asked me about where I lived and the like--classy man--all around...

3 more days...whoo Hoo!

Hope you are well...

Go Sox!

Stacy said...

Not letting Johnny Pesky sit in the dugout is about the dumbest thing I've ever heard. Does MLB just sit around trying to make as many stupid decisions as possible to anger the fans?

I agree with you little brother; let the players or the team pay the stupid fine, and have him in the dugout where he belongs.

Hope you guys are busy at Market today. Me, I'm in my pj's trying to recover from the grueling week you three put me through. :)

Ted D said...

Yes Tex, I missed you. It's quiet around here when you are gone: though with Kaylee, I guess quiet is relative.

Bub, you've got Garrison listening to the Stones? Next you and him will be rocking to Dark Side of the Moon.

Hey Christine: thanks for coming by. that is awesome you got to meet Johnny. I think it's sad the way MLB treats it's past: look at the way they did Buck O'Neil, now Pesky. I'm sure there are guys from every team like Johnny, and a lot of todays players have no idea who they are. Since John Henry took over, they have embraced the older players like Pesky, Tiant, etc..

MLB needs to re-look at this thing.

And Stacy, cry me a river about your week! We are STILL HERE, and bored out of our minds. 2 more days!!

One more thing: I got sales manager Bob to sign up with DirecTV this morning, and I get a $50 credit for the referral on my account! As Tex would say, "WHHHOOOOT!"

Come on now, anyone else want to sign up? Trot needs new shoes!

Matt said...

Uncle Bud is an idiot. I say they put Pesky in the dugout and get some of the local 506 boys to come guard the entrance. Any of Bud's stormtroopers come down, they end up taking a nap with the fishies.

What a bunch of CRAP!! Bonds can roid up all day long, but Pesky, a perfect picture of all that's good about baseball, can't sit in the dugout? I can't wait until Seilig makes his first trip to Beantown this year. Oh, what a night that will be.

What a colossal putz.

Carol said...

Nicely written Ted! When I heard about the dugout rule on the news yesterday, I thought the same thing to myself - Geesh, how many years does the guy have left? I think it will break his heart!

Ted D said...

Tree Newt, you must be a slow there as I am here. I like your idea about the 506 union down there: of course, I'm pretty sure if Pesky can't be in the dugout neither could they.

Hi Carol: it's already killing him. Driving home last night they played a clip of him talking and you could hear it in his voice. The more I think about this the madder I get. Why do I love this game so much when it's surrounded by so much B.S.?

Carol, btw, do YOU want to sign up for DirecTV? :)

Tex said...

Ted..its WOOOOOOOOOOOT! without the "h"

Pesky not in the dugout.....would be like a game at Fenway without singing "Sweet Caroline"....just not the same

Ted D said...

WHOOOOT!

Happy now Ms. Picky? And Good Morning to you to Tex! I hope you're having a fine morning: are you getting around by rowboat like Scotty, or are the roads driveable?

As you can tell, I have a lot of free time in purgatory, er.. market, today.

And did YOU tell DirecTV is referred you? I need traveling money for Baltimore you know. Especially since I bought 4 tickets each to 2 games, and only 2 of the eight tickets are mine and all. (Hint Hint Oat Bran, yee of no mortgage payment any longer).

Ted D said...

::In my best Homer Simpson voice::


"DUH"

I put an h in it again!

WOOOOOOOOOOOT!

Stacy said...

Ted, I just finished mowing our yard. So I'm not sitting on the sofa eating bon bons (yet).

Oat Bran has a great idea with the Union boys. Uncle Bud doesn't OWN the park, does he? They could hire them as security. That is just not the way to treat icons of the game.

Now you're getting ME mad about it, Ted.

Matt said...

Oat Bran here...slaving away in purgatory whilst our fearless leader, Teddy, goes to his son's first Easter egg hunt. Sounds fair, eh?

Graybeard, the check is in the mail. BTW, have the OTHER guests paid for their seats yet?

Ted D said...

Matt, no one else has paid yet, primarily because the FTD man has not fully committed yet.

I've gotta get Jumpster on the horn now that you mention it.

Kaylee said...

//though with Kaylee, I guess quiet is relative.//

It aint quiet anywhere when I am around!

Mattie said...

Hey Tex, I finally got a picture! What do ya think?

Mattie said...

And Kaylee, I have no doubt that quiet lives on a street FAR from your house!

Kaylee said...

That is very true tree squirrel.HEY I like the Squirrel picture at least I think that is what it is:)

Kaylee said...

Whats the order of our rotation? I am trying to figure out when BEckett will start.

Ted D said...

Kaylee,

Schilling on Monday, Beckett on Wednesday, Matsuzaka on Thursday, Wake on Friday, and Julian on Saturday.

Kaylee said...

Thank you TED and I thank the lord that I am working til 10Pm on Saturday so i dont have to see Julian pitch.I like that.....I could've figured that out but I was busy looking at pictures of my favorite player and no he isnt on the sox:)

Kaylee said...

I also thank god for this rain:)