Bostonherald – The late Johnny Pesky gave his life to his beloved Boston Red Sox [team stats], but, sadly, it appears only four current players made time to attend the Fenway icon’s funeral. Word from Yawkey Way is that the Sox front office hired buses to bring players, office and staff to the funeral from the ballpark to the church. The only players the Herald observed at the funeral at St. John The Evangelist Church in Swampscott were designated hitter David Ortiz [stats], pitchers Clay Buchholz and Vincente Padilla and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. By contrast, that same night, nearly the entire team turned out for pitcher Josh Beckett [stats]’s annual Beckett Bowl and country music show at Lucky Strike Lanes and the House of Blues. Also in the pews were former players like Nomar Garciaparra, who made the trip from California for the funeral and was visibly upset during the ceremony; Jim Rice, Bill Lee, Jerry Moses and Mike Andrews.

Just when you think they can’t sink any lower, they sink lower. In terms of deciding what players I hate the most it’s like shuffling the chairs on the titantic. Bucholz gets major points for showing up. I didn’t see that one coming at all. Maybe he’s not only the best pitcher on the staff/only good pitcher on the staff, but also the most mature. Papi sort of redeems himself for all his whining he’s been doing this year. And then there is good old Vincente Padilla cementing his spot as my favorite player on the team.  Just throwing at people’s heads one minute and going to Johnny Pesky’s funeral the next.   As for everybody else they can all go to hell as far as I’m concerned. This funeral apparently should have been mandatory. It’s sad that you got to treat these guys like 8 year olds.but that’s what you got to do.

PS – Kind of funny how 95% of the team couldn’t make it from Boston to Swampscott for this funeral but Nomar flew in from California. I don’t know how many different times or different ways I can say this. Nomar was one of the classiest guys ever to put on the uniform. He got steamrolled by this ownership group before everybody knew their true colors. The fact he got run out of town and the subsequent smear campaign Lucchino ran against him is still one of the darkest days of this franchise’s history. It’s easy to look back and see how obvious it was now, but it’s a shame so many people turned their back on #5 when it was happening. Guy loved this team, loved this town and left it all out on the field. He deserved better.

Double PS – I give Adrian Gonzalez a pass.  It clearly wasn’t in God’s Plan for him to show up to the funeral.