'His spirit is right here:' RiverDogs, fans pay tribute to Tony the Peanut Man
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) —
A RiverDogs game isn’t quite the same without him. Wednesday night, the team paid special tribute to Anthony Wright, lovingly known as “Tony the Peanut Man.”
Wright died in November, but his spirit was still very much alive at the Joseph P. Riley Stadium. Roughly 4,000 people attended Wednesday night’s game. They sang along to Tony’s signature song, ate his famous boiled peanuts, and remembered the iconic salesman. His brother, William Lee, threw the first pitch in his honor.
“I feel good because I took a part of my brother out there with me,” Lee said.
The two brothers could pass as twins. Lee is now carrying out Tony’s legacy, one bag of peanuts at a time.
“He looks like Tony,” said Richard Myers. “He does, especially with the hat.” Myer and his wife Lynn live in St. George, but are regulars at the RiverDogs games. They say seeing Tony was often worth the trip itself.
“He said you got to be a good fan to drive that far to see a baseball game and I said well I’m not only driving for the baseball game but we’re driving to see you and then he’d give me a hug, always give a hug,” Myers said.
As pictures flashed across the big screen, people reflected on memories.
“He was just so sweet,” Lynn Myers said. “He really was a nice guy and we really miss him already we really do, we really do.”
But fans won’t have to miss his famous peanuts which carries a sacred family recipe Lee said he’ll never spill.
“I’ll do my best to carry on for my brother because his spirit is right here,” Lee said. “His spirit is right here and it really touched my heart tonight.”