I have been a Boston Red Sox fan for most of my life, and one of my favorite players to watch was their second baseman, Jerry Remy. Trust me when I say this, he always downplays it on television, but before all of his knee issues, Remy was a very exciting player to watch. Think of a Dustin Pedroia type with less power but a lot more speed. It was sad to see him retire before his time, but it was great to see him transition to the announcing booth and grow into a local icon and probably one of the best color commentators in the game today.
That is why what happened this season, regarding his son and the tragic circumstances surrounding this story, is so sad. Remy has pretty much disappeared from public view since this senseless tragedy happened. I think, for a lot of people, as wonderful as the 2013 World Series run was, it wasn’t the same without some sort of involvement from Remy. Apparently, an announcement will be made this month in regards to Remy’s future plans, as he has a standing offer to return to NESN.
Here’s to hoping he does. It seems as though announcing does him a lot of good and he has stated that he is going to miss that job more than he missed playing. Watching him and Don Orsillo in action, Boston fans are very lucky to have that tandem announcing. They seem to really enjoy each other’s company and love working together. Sometimes, half the enjoyment of watching NESN games is to listen to the rapport between the two of them. Watch some other announcing teams and you will see that Red Sox Nation is spoiled with the quality of their announcers.
It is certainly understandable if Remy doesn’t come back, but he would be very much missed by this writer and fan, and it would be shame for him to leave a job that he does an amazing job at before his time.
Come back, RemDawg.