R.J.’s Daughter Saved by Good Samaratin.
People ask me all the time who is the best manager I have ever dealt with in all my years covering baseball.
The pool of qualified candidates is long, distinguished and includes Ken Macha, Jim Fregosi, Joe Torre, DeMarlo Hale and, for sheer entertainment value, Bill Masse.
None, however, compare to Ron “R.J.” Johnson, who quite simply is one of the sweetest human beings I have ever had the pleasure to meet.
That is why it was certainly appropriate that the former Thunder manager and current Boston Red Sox first base coach was blessed by a good Samaritan the other night in Nashville, Tenn., when his delightful 10-year-old daughter, Bridget, was involved in a horrific car accident that severed her leg.
If there is any justice in the world, the re-attachment of Bridget’s leg will be successful.
More importantly, she is alive thanks to the kindness of others.
Below is the full story from WBZ Television in Nashville.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WBZ) ― Boston Red Sox first base coach Ron Johnson is eternally grateful to a total stranger who helped save his daughter’s life.
Johnson’s 10-year-old daughter Bridget was hit by a car August 1 while riding her horse in Tennessee.
“He jumped out of his car, put a death grip on my daughter’s leg and, from what I understand, would not let go even when paramedics got there. Every doctor in this hospital told me if it wasn’t for this guy’s act, and the way this guy responded, my daughter bleeds out on the side of the road,” Johnson told WTVF, the CBS station in Nashville.
The Good Samaritan wants to remain anonymous, although Johnson admitted his name is Bernie.
Bridget Johnson is still recovering at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Her horse had to be put down.
Police are still investigating the accident.
Johnson said Bridget’s left leg was severed at the knee in the crash, but, thanks to Bernie, doctors were able to re-stitch the limb.
However, it’s too early to tell if the leg can be saved.
“Her leg’s – it’s back and it’s on. We’re not sure how this is gonna go, but either way it does go, she will do, down the road, she’s gonna be doing the things she needs to do. I just know that,” Johnson said.
Johnson has been on leave from the Sox to be with his daughter.
The Johnsons moved to Tennessee five years ago.