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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Jerry Remy, Red Sox Legend, Dead At 68 After Battle With Cancer

Boston Red Sox legend and fan favorite broadcaster Jerry Remy died Saturday following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Remy, a former second baseman who had called Red Sox games on NESN for decades, was 68 years old.

A Red Sox Hall of Famer, Remy started his career with three seasons on the California Angels. He then went on to play seven seasons in Boston.

Remy is a four-time cancer survivor and, in the past, has been very public about his health and his battles with depression. Doctors have attributed most of his health issues to smoking cigarettes, and Remy used his platform to urge people to stop smoking.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2021 at 11:04 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: October 31, 2021 at 11:14 AM (#6050329)
RIP RemDawg and thanks for the memories.
   2. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 31, 2021 at 12:10 PM (#6050335)
RIP indeed. Remy was a delight.
   3. pikepredator Posted: October 31, 2021 at 12:37 PM (#6050341)
His voice and the character that he was will be missed. I didn't know he was that close to the end when he threw out the first pitch. I'm glad he was able to go out like that . . . cancer is such a brutal battle. Hearing the cheers one last time, hopefully that gave him a bit of comfort.
   4. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: October 31, 2021 at 01:37 PM (#6050348)
I am genuinely saddened by this news - he was the second baseman when I fell in love with baseball and the Red Sox in the early 80s, and for the next 40 years, he was typically an important figure in this important part of my (and so many other New Englanders') life. When I read the news a few hours ago, I was struck at how sad it instantly made me - I cried, because so many memories going back to being a little kid came flooding in. I also thought about how much I missed Don Orsillo, with whom he made such a great broadcast team. They made every game fun - and they were there for some of the most important moments in the team's history. RIP, RemDawg - thank you for making life a little bit more fun for so many of us, and for helping create valuable, positive memories.
   5. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: October 31, 2021 at 02:21 PM (#6050360)
I sponsored his bbref page for a number of years way back when.

I remember him as a player on the Sox, he's why I wore #2 in Little League.

I doubt I'll ever enjoy another announcer combo as much as I did the Remy/Orsillo team, giggle fits and all.

While as a Massachusetts native who played with the team of course he was a homer, I always felt that he was better than most about not automatically taking the Sox' side when it came to things like blown calls or dust-ups with other teams.

You'll be missed, RemDawg.
   6. Rough Carrigan Posted: October 31, 2021 at 03:37 PM (#6050371)
Terrible news but not completely surprising. He looked to be in bad straits in the alcs.

The thing I remember about Jerry is that they were going to run a replay of the 1978 playoff game against the yankees and he said something on the order of "Every time I see that thing playing I'm still sure we're gonna win." And he was excellent in that game. He had a double and a single off Rich Gossage.

RIP Remdog.
   7. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: October 31, 2021 at 04:13 PM (#6050379)
From BR Bullpen:

(Remy) stoked some controversy during a broadcast of a Red Sox game against the New York Yankees on June 6th (of 2017), as he objected to the presence of a translator for Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka during a mound visit, saying the hurler should "learn baseball language". His partner in the booth, O'Brien, tried to have him retract his words, but he persisted.


Had Remy had done this in 2021, would he have gotten in even hotter water, perhaps even cancelled/fired?
   8. villageidiom Posted: October 31, 2021 at 04:18 PM (#6050381)
Had Remy had done this in 2021, would he have gotten in even hotter water, perhaps even cancelled/fired?
Your concern is noted.
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 31, 2021 at 04:49 PM (#6050383)
I doubt I'll ever enjoy another announcer combo as much as I did the Remy/Orsillo team, giggle fits and all.
The Orsillo-Remy chemistry was quite good, one of the better broadcast teams of recent decades, although I only sampled their content via Extra Innings. Letting Orsillo go still seems like an unforced Red Sox error - he was quite good on the Padres broadcasts that I occasionally watched after the East Coast action was over.
   10. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 31, 2021 at 06:27 PM (#6050392)
Had Remy had done this in 2021, would he have gotten in even hotter water, perhaps even cancelled/fired?


Mate, you've got issues. Remy has just died after a long battle with cancer and this is the hill you're going to defend? You are an odd cat.

   11. rr would lock Shaq's a$$ up Posted: October 31, 2021 at 07:09 PM (#6050395)
10-indeed. Let Boston fans and others say goodbye to Remy.
   12. Captain Joe Bivens, Pointless and Wonderful Posted: October 31, 2021 at 07:34 PM (#6050396)
You are an odd cat idiot.


Better.
   13. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: October 31, 2021 at 09:08 PM (#6050409)
Remy has just died after a long battle with cancer and this is the hill you're going to defend?

Hardly. I merely wanted to make a point about how this sort of thing has devolved in just the last four years. (My guess is that Remy would've been fired, cancer and beloved-ness be damned.)
   14. Dolf Lucky Posted: October 31, 2021 at 10:05 PM (#6050429)
Remy-Orsillo was a great pairing, as was Remy-McDonough. They all remembered that the game is supposed to be fun, first and foremost.

RIP
   15. The Honorable Ardo Posted: November 01, 2021 at 01:36 AM (#6050462)
Remy went the final 2,588 plate appearances of his career without hitting a home run (and managed an 81 OPS+ over that stretch). That would be unthinkable nowadays.
   16. pikepredator Posted: November 01, 2021 at 07:59 AM (#6050467)
"What was that that came flying in?"

Here comes the pizza, see it?
   17. Astroenteritis Posted: November 01, 2021 at 11:12 AM (#6050494)
There was one year when, for some reason I forget, I watched a lot of Remy-Orsillo games on Xtra Innings, and I really grew to enjoy the broadcasts. There were times I found myself laughing so hard I got out of breath. Remy seemed to really love baseball, and set a great tone of not taking the game too seriously. Of course I'm old enough to remember his entire playing career, too.

RIP
   18. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: November 01, 2021 at 04:47 PM (#6050563)
I watch without sound so I did not realize that Joe Buck gave such a beautiful tribute to Jerry during the broadcast last night.

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