Lopez shares fond memories of Pesky

Lopez shares fond memories of Pesky

SAN FRANCISCO -- The news of the passing of longtime Red Sox player and coach Johnny Pesky reverberated all the way to the Giants clubhouse, particularly with reliever Javier Lopez, who played for the Red Sox from 2006-09.

"He means a lot to the community up there," Lopez said. "He was always around and always part of the community, looking to give back -- not only for the players, but the community at large and the organization as a whole. He did a great job with that, and I think that there will be a time of mourning up in Boston and rightly so. It's a sad day up there, and I feel it myself. It's tough to say that you knew a guy like that and all of a sudden he's passed so quickly, how quickly time just kind of passes by."

Pesky was listed as a special-assignment instructor with the organization even at the time of his passing, and Lopez fondly recalls memories of Pesky hanging out with players in the clubhouse, where he had a locker.

"He was just one of those guys who would come in every once in a while with a smile on his face and was always happy to put on that uniform," Lopez said. "He's up there in years, so it was always fun to have him in there with us. We would get him dancing and stuff. We loved it. He was always just an upbeat character, and he loved to be around baseball, and it really showed the whole time."