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Bill Lee remembers Johnny Pesky

Aug 13, 2012|

Mikey and Lenny talk with Bill Lee about what a great guy Johnny Pesky was and how he helped so many people in and out of the Red Sox organization.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Back to planet Mikey show on this August 13 Monday night program. And your -- mourning the the passing of the great Johnny Pesky Red Sox icon and legend. Lenny Magglio is here were administered EO and the one and only -- the space man is on line ones. -- basement. I'm a big play here -- register goes -- it's gotta read the bottom of the hill and it flashed it during the Yankee game after that little. Pinch hitter hit the hardest home run ever seeing hit off a Dempster. Are you -- that I I've been watching Yankee game you know busy Macon big money here bill aria. Devilish mag every fifteen minutes. Mitt -- deluge you don't -- keep forever or out. When did you first meet him. I'm -- reminded -- called up he was doing the color. You know and I he broadcast the first game they when they came out the second game of the doubleheader against Cleveland sixty niners in 69. Committed Stan Williams was pitcher for Cleveland tonight. I came in that drove down the highway and I got lost amid a right hand turn and up in Cambridge came back over the bridge the light to moderate in turn out of Boston college. -- the council Iraq. It's part by Carter walked doable or. And and that was your first Major League. Yeah it is going to and say hello everybody and going -- the bullpen in the third inning Nagy gets ripped and they call and get -- up I go you gotta be kidding. First time there's been Bjorkman -- he was doing the broadcasting -- a lot of nice things about me -- -- that I've got a clip from them the museum bought the museum it was a it was shown that it was a TV games so I have the first footage of the first game -- that while it. I'd rescue is doing the course he did everything the Red Sox over his career yet he did you know the coach to open -- door was my coach at the time of you know I drove the Bobby doors house this winner and he is just I saw the footprints that can dispel what he got into a limo and it took him to the airport -- You know this is -- the Bobby door goes to funerals because the only lefty belt part -- just passed away and help as he passed. The way I I think -- lights just vastly recently to logo -- -- -- -- -- likes the outdoors like this yeah that's where little while she had. And that's her whole life yes indeed took kids meals he took him took care we're done a great curled in that I at all I just I heard of those guys that wrote. I did rootkit dinner ready Johnny's comment upon us the latest at night that now -- kind of says good bye to Johnny -- you know that there. -- -- table for two and have a right now and that. You know Monica will be there and you know Bobby he's a great shape -- out of that wheelchair during the of that jail because. Johnny couldn't walk but Bobby to walk actually this footprints on Sunday he did that to just a -- about oh yeah I I. Without a cane I saw the footprints in the snow after that blizzard in Eugene Oregon that's winner. I went to his house to check on him and Bobby. You could see no -- no walker no not 31 got into the car. That you saw the tires back out and went down there was like seven inches of snow the ultimate gentleman was they'll. Labrador. What Bobby is gonna hold the lead I think the needle you know he was tough. They called him that he was a -- tough kid you know his dad worked in a sawmill that -- yawkey probably don't doubt out of now Portland and just a tough here these keys to shine Ted Williams and shoes when he played triple play in Portland. You know but he will use the visiting clubhouse kids. It did Ted tip -- -- yeah -- I must hold him Europe which are hand overload with this yeah they -- have -- upon hitting -- You know it's funny because when I Johnny got up you remember this an innate in the fantasy camps that Johnny begin -- sometimes people ago Boyer goes John because it was over the long wind it. And he'd tell long stories NET Conant -- but he had a -- you know. But the one thing about Johnny Pesky bill is that you can't find anybody to just love the guy. Yeah -- -- you turn he was the greatest you know and he. He knew the game and he loved the game. And I said. You Kelly it was said this -- -- to go I gave my bad he uses -- came late in life and that. I just remember him you know at the foul balls with pesky. -- I mean that -- about the taos -- down there in spring training and they hated it when the foul balls. In the home runs went over the park and the fans took him down winner David. And I would -- over the fence over the salt marshes that surrounded the field like remote in I would wrestle the fans for the baseball that they thought that was the Cubans -- Get the ball back. Well you know it's it was probably five bucks a ball you know at the time right back then yeah I was that's the way we used to used to return baseball community. Used to use the same baseball for two or three innings. The other games really changed in that. -- a lot for the better and stuff. Pay a bill after a lousy day in Boston traffic your first thing in the bigs overdue -- And into the game. Either that goal and now -- pesky say on on that tape if you could -- trying to -- a third. I think you did get through the rest football game today I got out of a tough situation in the first inning the first guy. You know. In a ball down the right field line -- -- and it was called Sally bumped the umpire took twelve minutes they got him back in Alvin dark -- was -- manager for Cleveland. And then I ended up walking him and then the next guy up. Was Tony Horton and he had a foul home run -- is that they had become the trainers out they finally got him back in there and I walked him and then Ken Harrelson. Hit the first pitch. Looked like a -- -- -- -- George Scott was playing him off the line. Got to -- one hop went to second for 11 double play a strike out -- salvage -- the I think. You remember every hitter while -- -- -- actually. That's a little different but today's ball player yeah I don't think you could run out yet you couldn't pin them down say. -- who was the next hitter in your first appearance at the I don't know I don't. I don't know you remember your first appearance and then my second -- that they get through Washington senators and I think Frank Howard hit two home runs off him that but -- they probably didn't travel very far yet they just got out of the ballpark the one point three seconds. You know I always -- this and I'm Ivester before but I wanna ask you again because I would think if I as a Major League pitcher the one thing I remember in my career is. Who hit who tagged me for the longest home run in my career Richie Allen Richie Allen got chill. He got into risky. Had a two run lead in the ninth inning and that. I remember I got a double play to get out of a -- Jim and he came up -- had a two run lead it through my changeup out over the plate yeah. And he -- a whistle by my ear and it rose into the upper deck -- Kaminsky had just rattled around this result is a line drive it past -- out at me past second ethernet in the -- -- client it was literally climbing wanted to hit the second. The second -- the second deck. Now why did he changes name to Dick Allen. Well so many minutes after a few Richard with a lot of people at the -- that same question it's the you know he said. All Frank Robinson. Frank rubber cement or you you know you 500 feet of me. Oh yeah that was a bullet I wouldn't there it was it. If you look Cleveland with the I think -- -- it's did. Did you know Dick down Richie Allen I mean use the straight and -- well yeah I mean they credit smoke in the dugout now let. Right good friends that I remember I got him like I got ridiculed ball. Alt the end of the bat and it just spun -- and they are on deck circle and it didn't reached out of the ball but he reached out to the chalkboard and you the end of his bat. This wild he loves the racetracks you love the racetracks I gave up the ponies yeah it was a great guy can hit in the daylight just. Just couldn't get it night in an -- and shades offered. Kansas -- glasses. Let me ask you this too about this year's -- team go against your opponent they're important it is to. I guess now I said in honor of Johnny Pesky it was a positive man if nothing else. That I am not gonna give up. On this Red Sox team till two things happened first the ball until they're mathematically eliminated which is the obvious. As secondly they haven't honestly I mean not to make excuses for this team but where did they ever have all their players together on the field. Well they haven't had its. Well they are got up because you quickly coming back and there are other third baseman instead then he's -- you know I mean you know Tennessee. You'll never see that this year you'll never see them all up there together or what you wanted to see at the beginning of the season right well never materialized as Youkilis is gone. You know and the man he's gone and you know I think it Beckett might think back of the guy named Rivera what their guy. They used to play with Marlins -- came over with. Spectator just after -- -- it was a really radical right handed reliever crazy kids you know Julio. Well I don't know -- out to bars Julio and -- far right right you'll realize that Beckett when they were there. They had a Bobble head night for -- and that. For that the other starting pitcher -- and and back it would not do it let's they had one for -- Because Julio was disclosure of stuck up for that the Julian Tavarez. Yeah absolutely yeah -- expected you know I don't think the communication level. People don't they patted down on him and everything else but the guy's got a World Series ring computer replaces. -- no -- in I think his attitude is bad but what created that attitude that's sort of we don't know. You know you don't know what did that and stuff. Did you guys drinking a clubhouse after the games we all regular wedding at the -- I don't really so regular club out of there and we're proud history get in trouble so this whole years thing has nothing to do with steps. Don't but. It's stupid to put the red Herring of people uses the excuse that you've lost control the ballclub that's about generally. Guys play hard you know they come in hang over the get Mickey Mantle to clear away from him and only hit 200 Holbrooke. -- -- -- All right now let's go to yesterday for a second here they are okay Verisign servers written them off or admit at least mentally three quarters -- the way written them off visit. A non factor this year. They go out without middle Brooks without poppy how they get fourteen runs against Cleveland and Lester. Throws a jumped twelve strikeout game he looked unhittable. Is it because he's re initiated something about with the breaking ball -- had thrown a break -- yes say get guys out and it not only were they swinging it well -- It's seven game yes. They have to get away day they're basic packing their bags to back -- heard they've been doing this all the babies -- cry at a kiss their wives complied Cleveland didn't have a chance. It's so it was really more travel than about the actual performance like everybody's got their cell -- they got a book their hotel and their dates. The only got a girl read it over or over Cleveland going. We love the West Coast I don't know but the -- probably you have -- -- -- girls are that's where the girls -- 'cause he says getaway day I could do it or -- so glad I get away death death and they were blind oh man what does. You've got to throw get away days away and sometimes you go out okay and strike out 120 discounting -- game as a as a potential -- -- a hole don't you just. Did you would see in this game long -- you've got to remember it was getaways. You know he's just thought of that myself out of I would have went a little this positively and Harry Reid acted I'm not he didn't break game. You know he -- he's capable when he throws the first pitch strike. There when he changes speeds. He gets his breaking ball over and behind in the count anybody can win -- to a three hitter yesterday I went two for two with two walks and 19 -- not let. Where resists this led Burlington Vermont for my team I'd be a bunch. Italy's schoolteachers from Middlebury and then I had half a quality Cuba is going to -- can deal. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- way you do better running apple bottle of tequila I've played golf with you you're -- me Seth that's that's that's the. That's what I don't -- -- Billy -- the Indians took off for LA that's exactly right. Good comment. Well yeah I currently -- did not look that up now you know we talk about Doug Johnny Pesky closing -- bill I've Raddatz who has a dear friend of both the bars. Whenever you mention pesky he said like in -- seriously and that was rare for Raddatz he said he was like a second -- -- me. Yes he was. -- really follow them a little bit everything else that I remember would pick Stewart said the rest there's the pesky. You know don't have me but I make more money than you you right now and all the stuff that pesky had to go through but he took it. But he was the lovable guy you know and you know he was he maybe have been the greatest manager but he was the greatest coach. And a great -- and a great great guy and you know in the like instead trust me Johnny you know dinner plate in Korea and that is gonna be like when he got back from the navy -- UN rules. To -- and root there and candlelight dinner and you're going to be up there on the will lamb at river and doesn't get any better -- that. All right my friend well said bill if I could talk and -- pal. Bill Lee calling from crass very Vermont's and a check in and on the late great Johnny Pesky here on the planet Mikey show.

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