During the third inning of Friday night’s Red Sox game, longtime analyst Jerry Remy left the broadcast booth with shortness of breath. To make sure nothing was seriously wrong, he ended his broadcast for the evening. The next day, Remy, 68, was feeling better and recovering at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Before Saturday’s tilt between Boston and Toronto, Tom Caron let Red Sox Nation know what was going on with the Rem Dog.
Caron added that it is unknown when Remy will return to the booth.
While watching the game, I noticed that I had not heard Remy’s voice for a bit. I scrolled through Twitter looking for an update on the situation. Nothing came out until Caron’s update on the pre-game show. Dave O’Brien and Dennis Eckersley continued the broadcast in his absence.
Not an easy road
It is no secret Remy has battled health problems in the past. In 2008, he experienced his first bout with lung cancer. He has recovered from lung cancer on 4 different occasions. In November of 2018, he was deemed cancer-free. He still receives precautionary check-ups.
Remy has also been candid about his struggles with depression.
Beloved by Boston
Since 1988, Remy has been on color for Red Sox games on NESN. While he no longer broadcasts all 162 contests, he is an engaging listen and has become enduring to Red Sox fans. Whether it be with former play-by-play man Don Orsillo or one-time Boston teammate Eckersley, Remy’s self-deprecating style makes for an entertaining broadcast.
Not to mention, Remy has a special bond with Boston’s baseball community. Growing up in Somerset, Massachusetts, he was a massive Red Sox fan. He got to live out his dream playing his home games at Fenway Park. Remy spent 7 of his 10 major league seasons in Boston and made 1 All-Star team. He has been a part of the Red Sox organization nearly every year since 1978.
Hopefully Remy will be back soon in NESN’s booth. It is a better product with him on the mic.
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Story by Chad Jones.
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