Players from both teams were saddened to hear of the passing of umpire Wally Bell on Monday. Bell, 48, died of a heart attack in Ohio. He was an umpire for 21 seasons.
Jake Peavy, who is starting Game 4 for the Red Sox, spoke emotionally about Bell before his press conference this afternoon.
“I just wanted to say on the record how deeply saddened everybody in our community obviously is with the passing of Wally Bell, and our thoughts and prayers are certainly with his family,” Peavy said. “Wally was a tremendous, tremendous umpire, but a tremendous person, as well. We’re here today, I think everybody, man for man in that clubhouse, I know I speak for our guys, we’re devastated by the news last night and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
There was a moment of silence before the game for Bell and the six umpires working the game left a space open in their ranks as they stood behind the plate with their heads bowed.