There may be nothing more agonizing for a parent than issues involving their children. That can include illness, failure, and even trouble with the law.
Two of the last few television booth color commentators for the Boston Red Sox have endured the heartbreak and pain of publically watching their kids self-destruct.
It must be gut-wrenching.
Twenty-six-year-old Alexandra Eckersley, adopted daughter of first-ballot Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley, stands accused of abandoning her newborn son in a tent in woods near Manchester, New Hampshire on Christmas Day when temperatures hovered around 18 degrees.
When asked why she abandoned the child, Eckersley reportedly told Manchester Police, "What do they tell you when a plane goes down? Save yourself first."
Media reports indicate Alexandra Eckersley suffers from mental illness and drug addiction.
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Dennis Eckersley, now retired, often handled broadcast duties when the late Red Sox second baseman and veteran announcer Jerry Remy was battling cancer.
Remy had a very public kid crisis of his own.
In May 2014, Remy's 35-year-old son Jared Remy pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for fatally stabbing his girlfriend, 27-year-old Jennifer Martel, the year before while the couple's four-year-old daughter screamed and neighbors tried to stop him.
Jared Remy is serving a sentence of life in prison without parole.
Like Alexandra Eckersley, Jared Remy had issues with drug addiction.
According to Boston's WCVB TV, Nancy Eckersley reportedly told police she and her husband Dennis "offered their daughter drug treatment for years, but that she refused and chose to be homeless."
In his 2019 book If These Walls Could Talk, Remy said, "While Jared is our son, what he did was unforgivable. There's not a day that goes by that we don't think about Jen and what a heinous act was committed by our son."
It took 86 years for the Boston Red Sox to shake the Curse of the Bambino, and now it seems the curse of the broadcast booth may have replaced it.
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