Johnny Pesky was not only an all-time great Red Sox player, but he essentially embodied the heart of Red Sox Nation.
The legendary shortstop passed away just last week, while Boston was on the road, but the Red Sox wanted to make a special tribute to their fallen friend and decided that Tuesday’s return to Fenway Park was the appropriate occasion.
NESN’s Don Orsillo and Red Sox broadcasters Joe Castiglione and Dave O’Brien hosted the ceremony on the field before the Sox game against the Angels. The celebration included an extended moment of silence followed by a special playing of “Taps” before Pesky’s son David Pesky was escorted to the mound by Jerry Remy to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Both teams honored Pesky with their uniforms on Tuesday as well. The Angels sported black and red No. 6 patches on the left side of their jerseys while each Red Sox player donned the No. 6 in honor of their friend and mentor.
The video above shows the emotional ceremony in its entirety.