Red Sox Broadcaster Jerry Remy Dead at 68
Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame and the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 68. Remy was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008, and and had undergone numerous treatments for the disease over the years.
Remy was born in Fall River and grew up in Somerset. He was drafted by the California Angels in 1971, and made it to the big leagues in 1975. He played three years with the Angels before being traded to the Red Sox in 1977.
Remy was a star in Boston and made an All-Star team before suffering a series of knee injuries during the 1980s. He was released by the Red Sox in 1986.
With baseball his only real skill, Remy turned to the TV broadcast booth, joining the NESN team. By his own admission, Remy was "horrible" in his early years behind the microphone, but he gradually improved, and became known as one of the most insightful analysts in the game. For Red Sox fans, Remy was a welcomed fixture in the TV broadcast booth during the baseball season, earning the moniker "RemDawg."
Remy used his fame as a broadcaster to launch a successful business career, selling baseball-related items on a website, and opening restaurants in New England, including one in Fall River.
Remy's life took a dramatic downturn in 2013 when his son Jared was arrested and pleaded guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel, the mother of his then-four year old daughter. Jared Remy is currently serving a life-sentence in a Massachusetts prison. Jerry Remy later admitted to suffering from depression, and said often times the pain was worse than the cancer.
In recent years, Remy had reduced his schedule with NESN because of his illness. In August of this year he took a leave of absence for another round of treatment. Remy returned to Fenway Park on October 5 to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in the Red Sox' Wild Card game against the Yankees.
On a personal note, Jerry Remy has been a part of my life as a player and broadcaster for nearly 45 years. As a player he was a speedy, slick-fielding infielder who brought a much-needed spark to the Red Sox in the late '70s.
As a broadcaster, Remy was at his best when he was given the time to tell stories. Remy provided insight into professional baseball that was unmatched. From the trials of the minor leagues, to the managers that he played for, to the players and teammates that he liked (and didn't like), Remy was a joy to listen to. His TV presence in our house every night at 7:10 will be greatly missed.