Watching a Boston Red Sox game on NESN is somewhat of an acquired taste. The combination of Don Orsillo and Jery Remy can leave you scratching your head wondering what in the heck they are talking about, but Red Sox fans have come to love it.
Remy is a special kind of crazy that actually enhances the game, but unfortunately, his voice will not be heard on Red Sox broadcasts again this season.
Remy has not been in the broadcast booth since August 15. The reason is that Remy’s son Jared was arrested after police arrived at his girlfriend’s home, where they found her stabbed to death and Jared covered in her blood.
Jared pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and domestic assault and battery on August 16.
In the press release announcing Remy will miss the rest of the season, NESN said “Beloved NESN broadcaster and Red Sox Hall of Famer Jerry Remy will sit out the remaining games of the 2013 season to be with his family.” and “All of us at NESN and the Red Sox once again express our deepest sympathies to the Martel family for their terrible and tragic loss.”
It is the right decision by both Rem Dawg and NESN that Remy will not return to the booth the rest of this season. A Red Sox game with Remy in the booth that doesn’t include a random dance and near constant chuckle just wouldn’t be right, and it is hard to imagine that Remy could continue his lighthearted ways while his son sits in jail awaiting trial for murder.
Remy has been replaced in the booth by Hall of Fame pitcher, Dennis Eckersley.