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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Thanks Jerry

Longtime Red Sox player and announcer Jerry Remy has passed away at the age of 68 from lung cancer.  RemDawg was the classic case of local boy makes good.  He grew up in Fall River and after starting his career with the then California Angels he was acquired prior to the 1978 season in exchange for young right handed pitcher Don Aase.  I turned 8 years old during that memorable season and Remy quickly became one of my favorite players.  On a team laden with slugging right-handed bats Remy was virtually unique.  A small lefty hitter with great speed and an unmatched ability to bunt for a base hit he was exciting in a way different from the rest of his teammates.

How many times in my backyard did I play waffle ball and emulate the way he would bounce at the plate waiting for the pitch?  Hard to say, it’s a big number though.  In 1982 and 1983 I attended what was known as the “All American Baseball Camp” at Merrimack College but to one and all it was the Jerry Remy baseball camp.  I learned so much from those couple of weeks and one of the things I learned was how a famous baseball player like Jerry Remy could treat every kid he met like he was special.  While I was there I got Carl Yastrzemski’s autograph, learned catching tips from a real Major League catcher (OK, it was Roger LaFrancois) and of course infield drills from the man himself.  The veteran campers loved to play a prank on the younger campers by showing Jerry’s autograph on our hats (which was basically a J and a scrawl followed by an R and a scrawl) then send them off looking for Jim Rice (who wasn’t there).

Remy’s career came to a premature end due to knee injuries and after a couple of years he joined the Red Sox broadcast team in 1988.  By his own admission he was not great at first but he worked hard and became a truly exceptional announcer.  He loved to have a good time and joke around but coming into our homes 150+ times a year he was a welcome sound.  He was of course a Red Sox fan but was not afraid to be critical of the team and his analysis was often spot on whether good, bad or pizza related.. And let’s not forget his musical skills as well.

As his popularity soared everything he touched turned to gold.  In early 1997 the Red Sox unveiled mascot Wally the Green Monster. A planned Wally giveaway was not generating the buzz the club wanted and Jerry said “give me the doll.”  Wally (or Walter as Jerry often called him) became part of the broadcast and the giveaway exploded.  Joining fledgling announcer Don Orsillo in 2001 Remy really became a star.  The Orsillo-Remy partnership was an incredible matchup and became beloved by fans.

In 2004 I attended a spring training game and as I was driving out of the parking lot I used my Boston driving skills to cut someone off. My mother said “oh that guy behind you is upset” and my father said “I think you just got flipped off by Jerry Remy!”  In 2006 I bought myself a delightful straw hat (something like this).  I had left my phone in the car and after the game my phone had exploded with messages from friends along the lines of “man, Jerry Remy spent about an inning and a half giving you crap for your hat.”

Anyway, Jerry Remy was one of my favorite players and became my favorite announcer.  Sports fandom is an inherently silly thing but the fact is these people become part of our lives.  Jerry Remy has been part of mine for over four decades and he will be terribly missed.  The sympathies of Sox Therapy go out to all his family, friends and fans.

Jose Has Absurd Goosebump Arms Posted: October 31, 2021 at 10:42 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: October 31, 2021 at 12:53 PM (#6050342)
Buenos noches, amigo. Rest in peace.

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