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Monday, January 27, 2014

Jerry Remy will return to Red Sox booth

Longtime Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, who has been on a leave of absence since his son Jared was arrested and charged with murdering girlfriend Jennifer Martel in August, said Monday that he will return to the booth this season.

Remy, who was solemn and candid during a meeting with a small group of reporters at NESN’s Brighton headquarters, had not spoken publicly since his son’s arrest.

“I felt for a couple of months, for two or three months, that it was over,’’ Remy said. “There’s no way I was coming back. I had two main concerns: What the public would think and whether I could be myself. The answers at that time [in November and December] were no.”

Remy, 61, said he had a circle of three friends and his wife, Phoebe, who urged him to reconsider. But he didn’t change his mind until after the new year.

“[They reminded] me about my career, and where it came from, and where it is,’’ said Remy, a lung cancer survivor who said he made the decision about a week ago after his most recent CAT scan came back clean.

...Remy said he would not address his situation during the Red Sox’ first broadcast this season, acknowledging that the reason he was speaking now was to hopefully prevent it from being a story in spring training. But he said he recognizes that there are some people who don’t believe he should come back, and that as more details emerge about his son’s past – the trial is currently set to begin in October – there could be some backlash against Remy, who is notoriously private outside of his public life.

“It’s not easy. It’s not easy,’’ Remy said. “There’s going to be more stuff that comes out … I think it’s pretty clear what’s going to happen. I’m trying to take it one step at a time. I know that’s a cliché, but that’s the only thing we can possible do. Criticism hurts, obviously. The fact that you’re not good parents. Call me a bad father if you want, but I’ll be damned if my wife’s not a good parent.”

Repoz Posted: January 27, 2014 at 05:09 PM | 29 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: January 27, 2014 at 09:16 PM (#4647040)
Not really a fan, but good for him.
   2. Dan Posted: January 27, 2014 at 09:22 PM (#4647044)
I think this is a terrible idea and that there is a huge risk of it ending poorly for all parties involved. NESN should have offered him a studio job and given the booth job to Eckersley or a job-sharing arrangement with a few guys.
   3. God Posted: January 27, 2014 at 11:25 PM (#4647081)
I think this is a terrible idea


To me, what seems like a terrible idea is firing someone for a crime someone else committed. (I realize you suggested demoting him instead of firing him, but it basically amounts to the same thing.) I do agree with you that it could turn out badly, but I think the Red Sox have to at least give him a chance.
   4. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: January 27, 2014 at 11:30 PM (#4647082)
Totally agree with Dan in #2. I'm the biggest Red Sox fan you'll find, but I don't really get why people in New England love Remy so much. He's a local boy, played for the Sox, now back with the broadcast team, has the local accent, etc. He's never been a very good analyst, though, and I think Eckersley is really good. He is honest, funny, and seem to genuinely like being in the booth. Remy sounds like a guy living off of the past.

All that said...I hope this all works out for him. What a terrible situation.
   5. Bruce Markusen Posted: January 27, 2014 at 11:34 PM (#4647084)
I haven't heard enough of Remy to offer a judgment, but firing a man for what his son did seems like a terrible example of wrongly placing blame. I haven't heard any evidence that Remy encouraged his son to do anything, or attempted to cover it up, or obstructed justice in any way.

Remy's son is obviously a monster, but that doesn't make Remy a perpetrator, too.
   6. Jay Seaver Posted: January 27, 2014 at 11:49 PM (#4647087)
#4 - Jerry Remy used to be a pretty good analyst; a little too fond of the squeeze play, but once you correct for "Remy was a speedy guy and therefore is partial to speedy guy things", he did pretty well. He also seemed to have a reputation for being unusually well-prepared, able to talk just as well about opposing players as the Red Sox. You don't hear that much any more, though (although on his return from his first cancer scare, he did seem more re-engaged than he had been in a while).

A large part of why I like Eck now is why Remy was so good for a while, though - you just get the impression that Eckersley loves baseball and pays attention to the whole league even when he's not getting paid to do so, and he can be hugely entertaining but also able to snap back to the game at a moment's notice.

#3,5 - I don't get the impression that Remy would have been fired for what his son did, but it certainly sounds like NESN needed a back-up plan in case of what was apparently the very likely scenario that he didn't come back or if he did and found his heart just wasn't in it. The latter is what I'm kind of worried about now; for as much as I remember him saying that he wound up battling depression on top of cancer because it was tremendously hard to handle not going to work every day, I've got no idea what this situation will do to him. I have to think he won't quite be the same guy any more; hopefully Eck and some of the other subs are ready to go if he's not up to it.
   7. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: January 27, 2014 at 11:55 PM (#4647089)
I was thinking about this, what it must be like to have a kid and to invest them with all the hopes and love that most people invest in a kid, and then it just turns out you have a bad apple. I mean, I don't know what went on in the Remy home, but it sounds like this guy was trouble from childhood. And you know, a lot of troubled kids get help and grow up and become perfectly reasonable adults. I'm related to some of them. But just not to be able to do anything. To try and fail. To be forced to let go when they turn 18. It's pretty clear that Jerry was trying to keep Jared on track (I assume that's how he got the job with the Red Sox that he lost when he got busted for roid possession), at least to some degree, but he just couldn't do it. And then it ends like this, and I imagine you must feel responsible, you know? Even if you're not. And who knows, maybe behind closed doors Jerry Remy is some awful guy who turned his kid into a danger to society, but somehow I doubt it. You gotta feel for the guy, in a very specific, weird sort of way.
   8. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: January 28, 2014 at 12:06 AM (#4647097)
I was thinking about this, what it must be like to have a kid and to invest them with all the hopes and love that most people invest in a kid, and then it just turns out you have a bad apple. I mean, I don't know what went on in the Remy home, but it sounds like this guy was trouble from childhood.


Were you talking about Jordan - Jerry Remy's son who was charged with sexual assault? Oh, you weren't?

Perhaps, then, you were referring to his daughter, Jenna charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon? She sounds like a real peach: "As Remy reportedly attempted to break away from police, she was subsequently handcuffed. In the process, her phone fell to the floor and one of the officers bent down to pick it up. At that moment Remy reportedly kicked the officer in the buttocks. Remy was then held to the wall to prevent any further assaultive behavior, and she was administered a burst of pepper spray in order to get her under control. Due to her tumultuous actions, another officer was reportedly accidentally pepper sprayed in the process. During the subsequent attempt to remove Remy through the broken screen door, she reportedly squared off and kicked one of the officers in the groin area. Remy reportedly continued kicking and screaming as she was carried out to the front yard area, where she would be picked up for transport to the police station. While awaiting transport, Remy reportedly kicked the same officer she had kicked before, once again in the groin area."

Oh, wait, you weren't? You were referring to Jerry Remy's third kid, the one who is a stone cold killer!

Maybe its me, but I'm thinking it's not the "bad apple" thats the problem here, its the parenting.
   9. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: January 28, 2014 at 12:15 AM (#4647104)
Eck is not going to be the full time color guy. He doesn't want to travel for six months a year. It's been mentioned repeatedly. He loves the game, but doesn't need or want the job.
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 28, 2014 at 12:32 AM (#4647113)
I gather from #8 that all 3 of Remy's children have been arrested. Doesn't sound good, and that's probably some evidence of less than stellar parenting, but I'm not sure it means he can't be a MLB TV analyst. He's bit giggly for my taste, but I seldom watch NESN, so perhaps my observations aren't typical. Still, I wonder what he meant by “There’s going to be more stuff that comes out … "?
   11. Rough Carrigan Posted: January 28, 2014 at 12:42 AM (#4647115)
Remy wasn't giggly when Sean McDonough was the play by play guy. The giggly stuff comes from Don Orsillo.
   12. God Posted: January 28, 2014 at 01:13 AM (#4647121)
In what little I've heard of Eckersley, I think he's very good, but his mouth is going to get him in trouble. Like Zack Greinke, the guy has no filter. He didn't when he was playing either. I think eventually he's going to upset some player or exec by being too honest on the air, and will get the Steve Stone treatment. This seems like an almost inevitable result.
   13. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 28, 2014 at 02:03 AM (#4647130)
Vin Scully's two sons were Pol Pot and the Unabomber, but nobody ever mentions that. Typical New York bias.
   14. DFA Posted: January 28, 2014 at 02:31 AM (#4647132)
#13 - LOL

#7/8: None of us have any idea what kind of a parent Remy is, but either way it must be unbelievably awful to the parent of a killer. It would be difficult not to live to regret the past everyday.
   15. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: January 28, 2014 at 02:34 AM (#4647133)
None of us have any idea what kind of a parent Remy is


Jerry Remy had two sons. One committed a sex crime, and the other is a murderer. Lets leave his daughter "Pepper Spray" out of this, because we all have our bad days.

I think we have some idea what kind of parent he is.
   16. DFA Posted: January 28, 2014 at 03:17 AM (#4647135)
I don't know #15. For me, it's hard to judge without knowing him personally. Although if I was a parent of one of the victims, perhaps I would feel different.
   17. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: January 28, 2014 at 10:19 AM (#4647183)

Jerry Remy had two sons. One committed a sex crime, and the other is a murderer. Lets leave his daughter "Pepper Spray" out of this, because we all have our bad days.

I think we have some idea what kind of parent he is.


No, you don't know what kind of parent he is. I have in-laws that have/had issues - through pretty much zero 'fault' of their parents. Sometimes the apple does fall far from the tree.
   18. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: January 28, 2014 at 10:43 AM (#4647208)
No, you don't know what kind of parent he is. I have in-laws that have/had issues - through pretty much zero 'fault' of their parents. Sometimes the apple does fall far from the tree.


All three apples? Remarkable coincidence, no?
   19. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: January 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM (#4647224)
Still, I wonder what he meant by “There’s going to be more stuff that comes out … "?


Jared tuned up Martel two days before he killed her. There are reports that Jared's mom asked her not to pursue a restraining order and without her cooperation, one was never issued.

There is a lot of public information about Jerry and his family. Obviously, the situation is some balance of nature/nurture and people can make up their own minds.
   20. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: January 28, 2014 at 04:59 PM (#4647589)
Remy wasn't giggly when Sean McDonough was the play by play guy. The giggly stuff comes from Don Orsillo.


I think it is a Tom Werner era NESN thing. Is Orsillo like that when he is on TBS? I don't think that he is.
   21. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: January 28, 2014 at 05:15 PM (#4647596)
Most guys behave a little differently on a national broadcast than for their team's version. A team's broadcaster, while not having to be a homer, should at least be a little..familiar, I guess. When they step out to do a game for a wider audience, that isn't going to fly.

I imagine a toolshed like Thom Brennamann is the same on both platforms. Don't know since I don't watch Reds broadcasts.
   22. Publius Publicola Posted: January 28, 2014 at 05:38 PM (#4647614)
There could be something genetic going on, 'Zop. You never really know.
   23. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: January 28, 2014 at 06:24 PM (#4647653)
Jerry Remy decided to name his kids all "J" names. That tells me all I need to know about him as a parent. In the same league as Roger Clemens and Kris Jenner.
   24. GGC don't think it can get longer than a novella Posted: January 28, 2014 at 07:18 PM (#4647691)
All my brothers have J names and all my sisters have names that start with M; except for my youngest brother. I think my parents ran out of J names they liked and gave him an M name. They (my parents) didn't strike me as anything Clemensian or Jenneresque.
   25. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: January 28, 2014 at 08:18 PM (#4647720)
I know perfectly lovely people who have produced an entire brood if monsters.

Conversely, my fathers parents were the devil made flesh and you couldn't find a nicer guy than my dad.

Sometimes the genetics just shake out weird.
   26. Jim Wisinski Posted: January 28, 2014 at 09:31 PM (#4647753)
Jerry Remy decided to name his kids all "J" names. That tells me all I need to know about him as a parent. In the same league as Roger Clemens and Kris Jenner


My parents and my sister are all J names. Also, my dad and his brother have the same names for first and middle, just reversed.
   27. Howie Menckel Posted: January 28, 2014 at 10:29 PM (#4647765)

"For me, it's hard to judge without knowing him personally."

you must be new here



   28. God Posted: January 29, 2014 at 12:10 AM (#4647802)
Jerry Remy decided to name his kids all "J" names. That tells me all I need to know about him as a parent. In the same league as Roger Clemens and Kris Jenner.


And that post, in turn, tells me all I need to know about Athletic Supporter.
   29. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: January 29, 2014 at 12:14 AM (#4647804)
Jerry Remy decided to name his kids all "J" names. That tells me all I need to know about him as a parent. In the same league as Roger Clemens and Kris Jenner.


My parents, my brother and I all have "J" names.

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