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Red Sox' Cherington Faces Daunting Task Of Rebuilding Underperforming Team
Published August 23, 2012
FAREWELL TO PESKY: In Boston, Fee & Reposa note Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino, Fenway Sports Group Co-Chair and Red Sox Owner John Henry and his wife Linda, Exec VP & COO Sam Kennedy, Cherington and “many more team execs and staff were on hand” at late MLBer Johnny Pesky's funeral yesterday. Current Red Sox DH David Ortiz, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ps Buchholz and Vicente Padilla also attended (BOSTON HERALD, 8/23). In Boston, Joe Fitzgerald writes under the header, “Shame On Red Sox Players,” and criticizes players for not attending the funeral of the late Johnny Pesky. Fitzgerald: “The Red Sox, as a team, could have hit one out of the park just by showing up at Johnny Pesky’s funeral. That’s all they had to do, even if they didn’t feel a personal urge to show up, which might have been the case for many of them. … This is about the players; individually, they might have had splendid reasons to be among the missing at St. John the Evangelist Church in Swampscott, but collectively, they’re not looking so good this morning. How ironic they’d blow this one” (BOSTON HERALD, 8/23).