The 2012 Boston Red Sox are no stranger to controversy, and their troubles last summer have been well documented. But it wasn’t just the players and manager being hammered in the media. TV analyst and former Red Sox leadoff batter Jerry Remy also found himself under heavy criticism.
Remy, the Red Sox color commentator since 1988, handles the TV broadcasts on NESN with play-by-play man Don Orsillo. Last spring, WEEI Radio’s Kirk Minihane criticized Remy in a column when he wrote that the 60-year-old often “mailed in games”. On Wednesday, Remy finally responded, calling Minihane’s morning talk show directly.
“You wrote something like I mail my games in, and I didn’t take well to that, only because I was a last-round draft choice and made it to the big leagues. I started this job with no experience. I’ve been through cancer. I’ve been through depression a couple of times. I just don’t mail games in,” Remy said. “That’s kind of like challenging my work ethic… Being criticized for being a bad analyst, that’s fair game, but to criticize somebody’s work ethic, I found that very disappointing because I haven’t mailed in a day in my life, and it’s been a pretty good life for me.”
A fan favorite in Boston, “The Rem Dawg” has a huge following and is responsible in part for creating “Red Sox Nation”. As a player, Remy spent seven seasons with the Red Sox from 1978-1984 and represented the team in the 1978 All-Star Game. During his time in Boston, the second baseman batted .286 and stole 98 bases. He was selected by fans to the All Fenway Park Team in 2012.
(JM Catellier is the author of the book Fixing Baseball, a guide to restructuring the Hall of Fame. Follow him on Twitter: @FixingBaseball and Facebook, and check out his site: www.fixingbaseball.com)