Before Thursday's game against the Angels, the team came under fire
after a report indicated that only four players –– David Ortiz, Vicente
Padilla, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Clay Buchholz –– attended Johnny
The Red Sox reportedly provided buses for players to take to the funeral
at 11 a.m. on Monday morning. But team president Larry Lucchino defended
the team's sparse attendance, revealing the players arrived from New
York at 4 a.m that day.
When approached about the situation on Thursday, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine took a defensive approach and had a stern message for his team's critics.
"I think it's very insulting to the Pesky family for people to be
thinking that an organization that loved him so much did anything other
than the right thing," Valentine said. "That's my answer to that."
It's certainly a touchy subject in Boston.