It was recently announced that Jerry Remy, the beloved color analyst, would be returning to the NESN broadcast booth for his 27th season. This should be fantastic news for Boston Red Sox fans.
This had to be one of the toughest decisions that Remy has ever had to make in his life and it is understandable that he took a great deal of time to decide whether or not he should return. After dealing with the horrible tragedy that involved his son and a woman’s life needlessly lost well before her time, it would have certainly been understandable if he had walked away from the spotlight to focus on his family.
However, it appears as though broadcasting is what gets Remy going. I don’t know the man at all personally, but it is very obvious that when you watch a NESN game and see Remy and Don Orsillo working together, they truly love what they do and enjoy working together. That sort of rapport rubs off on their broadcasts together; they really are one of the best broadcasting tandems out there.
Sometimes, one can enjoy a job that they do so much that it hardly feels like work. It also can be good because it gives them focus and a sense of purpose. This may be the case for Remy and broadcasting. He has such a connection with Red Sox Nation and he has become almost a brand name in New England. Who hasn’t gone to Fenway Park for the first time and not asked for Remy to buy them a hot dog?
This could be a very difficult year for Remy, as he faces a lot of scrutiny for making the decision to return. But he has every right to make the decision that he did. I understand the fact that he’s a parent, but Remy is his own man.
Welcome back, Rem Dawg. I can’t wait to see you back in the booth this season and thank you for deciding to return.