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08/23/2012 - 12:56pm
Lucchino: Players honored Pesky on Tuesday
By: DJ Bean

Speaking on the Dennis & Callahan Show Thursday morning, Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino defended the players who did not attend Johnny Pesky's funeral. The Boston Herald reported Thursday that only four players were in attendance. 

“I think the people who knew Johnny best came to it," Lucchino said. "Our players had the chance on Tuesday night to participate in the ceremony on the field. They all willingly and enthusiastically participated on that day and then there’s going to be another memorial service, so I think it’s unnecessary to focus on that issue.” 

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08/23/2012 - 12:32pm
Cora: 'Very surprised' Sox skipped funeral
By: DJ Bean

Former Red Sox infielder Alex Cora joined Kirk Minihane and Rob Bradford Thursday to express his surprise that only four Red Sox attended the funeral of Johnny Pesky on Monday. 

"I was very surprised," Cora said. "I think what Johnny means and meant to the players and the people in Boston, he was more than just a people person. Just walking into that clubhouse and seeing Johnny smile and greeting you in there and talking about baseball and life in general, he meant a lot, especially to a lot of people in there. I was very surprised to hear that only four players showed up to the funeral." 

The Red Sox had rented buses to take players and staff from Fenway to the church in Swampscott on Monday -- an off-day -- but the player turnout was limited to just David Ortiz, Clay Buchholz, Vicente Padilla and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Cora said that if he were on the team, he wouldn't have needed someone to tell him to attend the...

08/23/2012 - 10:42am
Report: Four Sox attended Pesky's funeral
By: DJ Bean

According to the Boston Herald, only four Red Sox players attended Johnny Pesky's funeral on Monday in Swampscott. 

The report states that the Red Sox hired buses to take players and other team staff from Fenway Park to the church, but that only David Ortiz, Clay Buchholz, Vicente Padilla and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were spotted at the funeral. 

The story also says that "nearly the entire team" did attend Josh Beckett's Beckett Bowl later that night. 

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08/23/2012 - 8:19am
Lucchino: Don't know if McClure was leak

Red Sox CEO/president Larry Lucchino, in an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, discussed the reasons for the dismissal on Monday of pitching coach Bob McClure. Lucchino focused on the struggles of the pitching staff (the team has a 4.32 ERA that ranks 23rd in the majors, with the rotation now carrying a 4.89 ERA that is 26th in the big leagues).

"This is a performance-driven business," Lucchino said. "The instability of the starting pitching, the ineffectiveness of the starting pitcher has been our basic problem. You put that next to the epidemic of injuries, I think those are the two obvious points that one would turn to. So it was a question of performance. Now, in retrospect should we have done it earlier? Perhaps. But we did it when we came to the conclusion that the performance did not justify him remaining in that spot."

Still, while the pitching staff has struggled, Lucchino was also asked whether the team...

08/23/2012 - 7:07am
Mashup: Video of Girardi confronting fan

In Thursday's Morning Mashup we have video of Joe Girardi telling a White Sox fan off after the Yankees lost their third straight in Chicago. New York's lead in the AL East lead is down to the three games over the Rays, but the team isn't panicking. 

Via ESPN New York:

"Oh, is it down to three games?" Nick Swisher said.

Asked if he was worried, Swisher said, "No, not really. That's not my style. Maybe somebody else is, but not me, man. I know the talent we have in here and I know what we're capable of doing. It's just not coming out right now."

Also in Thursday's Morning Mashup: Boomer Esiason thinks Tim Tebow is a third string quarterback, Brandon McCarthy's wife is hilarious, and much more. Check it out at the Out of Bounds blog.


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