O Captain!
My Captain!
Vicente Padilla, Captain
(BDD Photo Illustration)

'The Villain' Turns Into a Hero
Put the 'C' on Vicente Padilla's Uniform and Be Done with It

Wilbur: Red Sox Can't Handle the Truth | Mazz: Confusion Reigns
WEEI.com: Ortiz Urged Players to Attend Funeral on Plane, Only 3 Responded
Edes: Sox Employee Skips Team Picture Over Pesky Funeral Furor
Pedroia, Lester, Gonzalez, Ellsbury and Others Attended Beckett Bowl
Pedroia and Kelli Went to Strega with Ross, Ellsbury Couples on Monday
Pedroia on Funeral: 'I Wish I Could Have Been There' But Why Wasn't He, Again?
New Facebook Page: Boycott the Red Sox Like They Boycotted Johnny
Fitzgerald: Shame on Red Sox Players

... But Only During Johnny Pesky's 2-Hour Funeral, Not During Dinner at Strega
Or the Beckett Bowl Later That Night [Sigh]

"My No. 1 priority that day was being there, being with family and just sharing that last moment with him. I said on the airplane to everybody, 'Expect his funeral tomorrow. If you can go ahead and show up, go ahead, that would be great.' If they could make it, great. ... The funeral is the last goodbye you give to a friend. There's no way you're a friend with somebody, that person passes away and you're not going to show up to his funeral." -- David Ortiz... could only convince three other guys to do the right thing

"For Lucchino to say guys are tired is [expletive]. Who isn't emotionally drained and tired when they have a funeral to go to? Enough excuses. We fans are not stupid. Although if we continue to help them by buying tickets and jerseys, then in fact we are stupid. No member of the Red Sox PR machine can convince me why those guys not being there at the funeral is OK. No way. I want 500,000 likes for Johnny!" -- Jeff Gulko, Facebook Boycott Red Sox page

"Go ahead and lie. After all, we've come to expect it from this group, this franchise on the whole. But at least get all your deceptions straight." -- Eric Wilbur, Boston.com

"In Boston, there is always a novel -- in here they never talk about baseball; it's always the same. That's one of the reasons why I almost never talk to the press here. Very few times they ask me about baseball. But most of the time it's about gossip, rumors, plots, well ... a soap opera." -- Adrian Gonzalez to ESPNdeportesLosAngeles.com

"Nobody really found out until we got here at 3:30 in the morning. It was an off day the next day, so I’m sure a lot of guys had family stuff planned. I think there would’ve been a lot more people showing up if everybody would’ve known when it was, like if they would’ve told us the day before when we were on the road." -- Clay Buchholz, making excuses for his teammates

"I feel like I’ve got to be there for his family. Everybody got his particular reasons why some of the guys didn’t show up. We’ve got a late schedule that day. We came back from New York very late, and some of the guys probably have some things to do that day. That was probably the reason why some of the guys didn’t show up.” (Ortiz added that he scrapped his family plans in order to attend the funeral.) I can tell you why I showed up: I had a friend that just passed away, and I want to be there. (On whether more players should’ve been there) Well, you know, I mean, probably. It probably was the best thing to do, but like I say, everybody has his opinion, things to do. I’m nobody to say who should and who shouldn’t. Hopefully people don’t make a big deal about it." -- David Ortiz, almost chastising the no-shows, Boston Herald Clubhouse Insider

"First I've heard about that." -- Larry Lucchino on the rumored communication problem with the funeral arrangements

"The Red Sox sent out an email to the members of the media in town indicating when the services were for Johnny Pesky when the services were on Friday of last week. I guarantee you that it was shared with other people in the organization including the players." -- Tony Massarotti on 98.5 The Sports Hub

"I think it's very insulting to the Pesky family for people to be thinking that an organization that loved him so much did anything other than the right thing. That's my answer to that." -- Bobby V, doesn't seem to understand what the right thing really is

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

Boston Globe:

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Boston Herald:

Ortiz, Red Sox bats break out to end losing streak > Buchholz still bewildered > Memory loss haunting Red Sox

ProJo:

Lester was once a good hitter, now heading toward dubious record > Travis Shaw brings hot bat to Pawtucket > Ranaudo shines > Betts not a candidate for Boston, yet

NY Post:

St. Louis lets Ozzie Smith bid Jeter goodbye > Yanks prevail in extras again > Nonsense leads off in MLB broadcasts > Beltran elbow on mend

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