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First, Jerry Remy had a dream of building a different type of sports stadium. That was the beginning of the dream of transforming Fenway Park into a 50,000-seat state-of-the-art stadium that promises to transform the landscape of Major League Baseball forever.
Gerald Peter Remy (November 8, 1952 – October 30, 2021) was an American professional baseball player and sports broadcaster. Remy played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a second baseman for ten seasons — three with the California Angels (1975–77) and seven with the Boston Red Sox (1978–84). After retiring from professional play, he served for 33 years as a color commentator for televised Red Sox games until his death.
Remy began commentating with the cable channel New England Sports Network (NESN) in 1988, and later expanded to over-the-air television in 1995. A native of Somerset, Massachusetts, Remy was a popular local figure, known for his exuberance, humorous non-sequitur game commentary, and thick New England accent that endeared him with Red Sox fans. He was given the nickname "RemDawg" and was elected "President" of Red Sox Nation in 2007. Remy also owned restaurants in the Boston area, and wrote books about baseball. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
Overall, in three seasons with the Angels, Remy played in 444 games, batting .258 with five home runs, 118 RBIs, and 110 stolen bases. On December 8, 1977, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for pitcher Don Aase and cash considerations. (Source: en.wikipedia.org Remy was the Red Sox's starting second baseman in 1978 and was selected for the MLB All-Star Game, although he did not play in the game. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))
Overall, with the 1978 Red Sox, he batted .278 with 44 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in 148 games. He also had two home runs, the last ones of his career. In the 1978 American League East tie-breaker game against the New York Yankees, Remy was on base in the ninth inning when Carl Yastrzemski made the final out; (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
After 1988, Remy found success in broadcasting, working for the New England Sports Network (NESN), as the regular color commentator for NESN's Red Sox broadcasts. Initially paired with Ned Martin through 1992 and Bob Kurtz from 1993–2000, from 2001 through the end of the 2015 season, he teamed with play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo; starting with the 2016 season, Remy worked with Dave O'Brien. Beginning in 1995, he also replaced former color commentator Bob Montgomery on the over-the-air Red Sox broadcasting team, paired with Sean McDonough for those broadcasts through 2004, when Orsillo took over for McDonough on the over-the-air games as well. He also ran a web site, The Remy Report, which covered Boston Red Sox news and information. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
Remy wrote three books about baseball, and several children's books about Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster, which began as an idea based on Remy's storytelling while broadcasting Red Sox games. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
On August 12, 2009, Remy went to Fenway Park and attended Red Sox manager Terry Francona's pre-game press conference. He told both NESN and The Boston Globe that he had every intention of returning to broadcasting Red Sox games during the remainder of the 2009 season. He entered the NESN's broadcast booth during the top of the second inning during the night's game to speak with broadcasters Don Orsillo and Dennis Eckersley. It was the first time he had been in the booth since he took his leave of absence in April. In between the top and the bottom of the second inning, Remy, still in the booth, was shown on Fenway's center field scoreboard display, to which he received a standing ovation from the crowd attending the game. He revealed during the visit that he had suffered from depression following his physical problems of 2008 and that he was receiving therapy. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
After his death, Joe Buck, veteran sports broadcaster, called Remy's sports broadcasting career "legendary" and called him a "force in the booth", noting "If Red Sox Nation had an emperor, the ‘RemDawg,’ it would be him." Broadcaster Sean McDonough, who of his own accord has worked with at least 160 different broadcast partners, said of his time with Remy: "nothing felt as special as the nine years I spent with Jerry". (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
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en.wikipedia.org)Longtime Boston Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy, who took a leave of absence last August after his son Jared was arrested and charged with murder, told reporters Monday that he will return to the broadcast booth this season. (Source:
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Jerry Remy, a former player for the Boston Red Sox who later became part of the broadcast booth covering the team for NESN, died Saturday night at the age of 68. (Source: www.espn.com)
Remy had stepped away from his role as a NESN analyst for Red Sox games on Aug. 4 to undergo treatment for lung cancer. He said at the time that "as I've done before and will continue to do so, I will battle this with everything I have." (Source: www.espn.com)
www.espn.com)He returned to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Oct. 5 when the Red Sox faced the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game. He was brought out to the field on a cart and, while wearing a nasal cannula to take in supplemental oxygen, threw out the pitch to Dennis Eckersley, his former teammate and one of his broadcast booth partners.
“My favorite, I think, is when he lost a tooth and Don Orsillo picked up plyers and tried to pretend to put it back in, it was absolutely hysterical,” she said, recalling one of the many times Remy turned a regular baseball broadcast into must-see TV. “I mean, he and Orsillo did so many wonderful bits. They were just real people. It was wonderful to watch them. There’s no way they can ever replace him.” (Source: www.wgbh.org Wilson remembers sitting on her dad’s knee watching Red Sox games as a kid, and Pellegrine recalled watching games on a TV his grandfather used so often he eventually had to paint new dials on. They’re about as hardcore of Red Sox fans as it gets. And the way they talked about Remy, it sounded like he was family. (Source:www.wgbh.org))
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The public was invited Thursday to pay their respects to Jerry Remy, a longtime television broadcaster for the Boston Red Sox and a former standout player who died of cancer last week.Remy, who logged more than 40 years of service to the organization, died Saturday night. He was approaching his 69th birthday on Nov. 8.The Remy family welcomed all who wish to honor the life and legacy of Remy to public visiting hours Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mary Catherine Chapel of Brasco & Sons Memorial on Moody Street in Waltham. A private gathering for family and close friends is scheduled to take place on Friday.In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Remy’s memory to the Mass General Cancer Center, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114 or the Dana Farber Jimmy Fund, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215.Remy had stepped away from his role as the color analyst for New England Sports Network's Red Sox broadcasts on Aug. 4 to undergo treatment for lung cancer. This was the seventh time the Massachusetts native had been diagnosed with cancer following the initial diagnosis in 2008. His most recent previous cancer diagnosis was in 2018."There's no question I'm laying here today because of cigarettes," Remy said in a 2019 interview with the Mass General Cancer Center. "I'm not one to go out and preach to people who smoke and say, 'You better stop that,' They know what they're doing. The information is out there now. It wasn't quite like that when I was a kid growing up. My parents smoked, but they both quit."I wish I didn't smoke. I started smoking when I was 16 years old," Remy added in the 2019 interview. My saying is: 'Don't pick up the first one because it's really tough to put down the last one.' I knew smoking wasn't good for you, but I was addicted. I never stopped. I never stopped. Even through my professional baseball career, I continued to smoke as other athletes did. There's no doubt I'm here today because of that."On June 11, Remy said he experienced shortness of breath during the third inning of a game between the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. He stepped away from the broadcast as a precaution and was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital. He was released from MGH on June 16 and returned to the broadcast booth on June 20.His most recent public appearance came on Oct. 5 when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the American League Wild Card Game against the New York Yankees. TRIBUTES: Former Red Sox teammates, broadcast colleagues honor Jerry Remy In recognition of his career as a player and broadcaster, Remy was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2006. He was among the franchise's all-time leaders at second base in fielding percentage (.982), games played (685), putouts (1,370), assists (1,988) and double plays (466) at the time of his Hall of Fame induction.
In recognition of his career as a player and broadcaster, Remy was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2006. He was among the franchise's all-time leaders at second base in fielding percentage (.982), games played (685), putouts (1,370), assists (1,988) and double plays (466) at the time of his Hall of Fame induction. (Source: www.wcvb.com)
"In baseball, he was a very, very hard worker. He made himself an outstanding player. He carried those same work habits over to the broadcast booth," Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, Remy's former teammate with the Red Sox, said in a statement. "We were a couple of lockers down from each other so we would talk a lot. We became very good friends. This is a sad day." (Source: www.cbssports.com)
Following his playing career Remy got into broadcasting, covering Red Sox games for the New England Sports Network in 1988. In 2008, the Red Sox held Jerry Remy Day at Fenway Park to honor his time with the team and 20 years in broadcasting. He was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2017. (Source: www.cbssports.com)
Remy was a fixture in the Red Sox organization as a player, coach and NESN broadcaster for more than 40 years and is a member of the team’s Hall of Fame. He stepped aside from his broadcasting duties in August to undergo treatment for a relapse of the cancer but returned to throw out the first pitch for Boston’s Wild Card game against the New York Yankees. (Source: www.boston.com)
Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, who played with Remy in Boston, remembered his former teammate on Sunday as a “very, very hard worker” and a good friend. (Source: apnews.com)
Remy was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2006. He earned several honours thanks to his years of service with the Red Sox, including President of Red Sox Nation, the Massachusetts Sportscaster of the Year award and the Judge Emil Fuchs Memorial Award from the Boston Baseball Writers Association. (Source: www.sportsnet.ca)