Pesky

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  1. Bob September 26, 2008 at 8:19 PM #

    Pesky has meant a lot to the Red Sox so I have no problem with his number being retired. The restriction was going to be lifted anyways when it came time to retire no.45 for Pedro, the most significant pitcher in Red Sox history.

  2. jvwalt September 26, 2008 at 9:40 PM #

    Well, he obviously doesn't qualify on statistics. You spend a lot of time beating that notion into the ground — and quickly pass over his lifetime of service to the organization. It's clear that this is why he is being honored. Is that appropriate? I'm not sure, but it does make Pesky a special case. I don't see this opening the floodgates in any way.

  3. Joe September 27, 2008 at 6:58 AM #

    Rice, Boggs and Pedro are/will be Hall of Famers and deserve their numbers up there. Cy Young predated numbered uniforms so he's irrrelevant. Lynn, Tony C. and Nomar spent less than a decade with the organization so they're out. Pesky has spent over 50 freakin' years with the organization. His on field accomplishments are a small part of why he's being honored.

  4. Paul Testa September 27, 2008 at 7:07 AM #

    Interesting article Ryne. However I am with JV and Joe here the man deserves to have #6 Retired. If we can't change with the times then we get stuck in the mud. Johnny Pesky (I would say 100 times more then Carlton Fisk) deserves to have his number retired. He is a red sox ambassador, mentor, coach, player, namesake for over 50 years. Retiring his number isn't only a nice gesture…its a deserving one.

  5. Evan Brunell September 27, 2008 at 2:25 PM #

    I think Pesky's service doesn't hurt our standards. We waived it for Fisk, we will waive it for Pedro. As long as it doesn't spiral out of control, we'll be more than fine… I would argue we still have very exclusive company.

  6. Gerry September 27, 2008 at 7:44 PM #

    One argument is that he was not with the Sox for 10 years. Had Pesky not spent 3 years in the service during WWII, he would have 11 years with the Red Sox. WWII Math, the math of his era, dictates that he has 10+ years of service with the Sox, so that is simply not an issue.
    Besides, he has served with the Sox longer than any other human being, perhaps in history. Quibblers beware.

  7. joe loudmouth September 28, 2008 at 10:20 AM #

    Ryne, you can't be serious. He is Mr. Red Sox. If "floodgates" means other people who have spent 60 years with organization including playing and managing I can't imagine the flood being too bad. You sound like you belong in the Harrington/Duquette era where they just did whatever they wanted and made up what they called logic to justify it. I cannot imagine anyone more deserving then Pesky on the wall. That includes Williams.

  8. James Baker September 28, 2008 at 3:02 PM #

    Orioles had the same problem with Elrod Hendricks. When Elrod died, shortly after being let-go from the organization, there was a very large outcry when his number wasn’t retired.
    This is a very similar situation.

  9. Pawtucket Pat September 29, 2008 at 5:38 AM #

    The fact of the matter is that Duquette opened the floodgates you're speaking of when they broke the rules for Fisk, a guy who spent more time with the White Sox than he did the Red Sox. To me, that is a far more egregious retirement than Pesky, who is a true Red Sox through and through. He deserves it.