Jerry Remy Has Passed Away

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I remember how excited I was at his off-season acquisition in ‘78. Finally that team of sluggers had speed at the top of the order.

Then they signed Torrez, and traded for Eckersley. Drago and Burgmeier to set up Campbell. The first half of that season was glorious till injuries and “he who shall not be named” derailed their run. Remy is a big part of that year of optimism.


Unfortunately his knee injury sapped some of his speed, but he was always solid and could really turn a DP.
And he was delightful in the booth-for many years.
 

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Just got up and saw this news. Absolutely gutted. Remy was like family to a lot of us. Hard to imagine the booth without him.
Same here, in California.

To me, he was a one of a kind, sometimes surprising in his comments but always very intelligent color guy. I appreciated him more every year. He will be very, very missed.
 

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I started following the Sox in '78 and Remy's been one of the few (maybe the only?) constants since. Since he hit lead-off, he very well could be the first batter I ever saw hit.

Very sad news. RIP, Jerry.
 

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So sorry to hear this. When I was watching every game his voice was the soundtrack to my life, it's hard to believe he's gone. Hope you're enjoying a piece of pizzer in a better place, RemDawg.
 

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Very nice piece by Pete Abraham on Remy. I hadn’t known this:

It took time, but he even spoke about the horrific crime his son, Jared, committed in 2013 when he murdered his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel.

My colleague, the late Nick Cafardo, convinced Remy that it needed to be part of a book they did together. Remy was hesitant at first but eventually agreed.

Under all the laughter on television, the RemDawg persona, and the myriad business interests in his name, there was turmoil and sadness.

Remy battled lung cancer for much of the last 13 years, missing parts of five seasons while receiving treatment for relapses.

“The toughest SOB I know,” a NESN colleague said.
 

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Terrible and unfortunate news. Like a lot of us here, we knew him first as a ballplayer for the then California Angels and the Red Sox teams of the late 70's.

In true Remy fashion, in his last battle, he left it all out on the field.

RIP Rem-Dawg. You will be sorely missed.
 

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Oh no! As others have said, kind of saw it coming but was hoping he would make it through again. Glad he threw out that pitch to Eck and see us beat the Yankees in the WC. I am so sad right now.
 

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Has anyone mentioned fuck cancer? Because fuck cancer. R.I.P. amigo.
 

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I hope Joe Buck gives RemDawg a proper mention tonight.

And I would love to hear the eulogy delivered by Orsillo.

But he'd never get through the tears or the laughter.
 

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I’ve listened to tons of tv broadcasters and few break down the game for Joe Public the way that Remy did. Fuck Cancer.

buenos noches amigo
 

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When he came out in the golf cart for the WC first pitch, my mind couldn't help but go to Williams' and his ride out at the '99 all star game.

I was as guilty as anyone for bristling at the silliness Remy and Orsillo would get into. As soon as the pairing was broken up and that kind of rapport gone, I instantly regretted my lamenting. That was a great pairing. And sometimes that silliness turned out to be gold (pizza toss, boob grab...).

Remy will always be the TV voice of the Sox for as long as I live. Thankful for all he gave to the organization and, by extension, all of us. For someone like me who was far too young to watch him play, his impact on my appreciation of the game was profound.

As said upthread, buenos noches, amigo.
This encapsulates what I and so many are feeling this morning. Thank you.

I am heartbroken.
 
So awful. Tough as he was, I figured he'd be back in the booth next year.
Condolences to his family, friends, and fans.
Thanks, Jerry, for the on-field contributions, and the fun times during the broadcasts.
I loved all the shenanigans, and his New England sense of humor. The laughter was infectious, and will be greatly missed.
I hope his voice continues to echo in my mind forever.

 

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He was my favorite player growing up. He was undersized, got the most out of his talents (post knee injury) and, as others have mentioned, always seem to come up big in the moment.

As an adult, I got to tell him he was my favorite player at some autograph thing on Yawkey Way before a game. He looked at me, cocked his head and said “WHY?!?!” in perfect sarcastic timing with a faint wry smirk.

We‘ll miss your Remdawg.
 

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From his time as a player, to his years broadcasting the games, the Rem Dawg has been a part of nearly my entire Red Sox life. I absolutely loved when he and Orsillo would lose it.

I hope the pain and ugliness of cancer has been replaced with a Field of Dreams type of baseball experience for you Mr. Remy!
 

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Fuck this stings. My childhood is official dead.

My best moments

1) Here comes the pizza!
2) Boob grab
3) “New wife smell”

What’s yours?
Those were all great, as well as the Smithereens mishap. One thing I’ll never forget, as drunk and miserable as I was, was post game 7, 2003. He was PISSED! Just glaring into the camera, like he did when he played.

There was a great story recently about how hungover and miserable he was in :this baseball card
Then there was the broken leg at the toilet. Big Jim Ed carrying him off was indelible.

RIP, dawg.
 

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Dawg was great with Orsillo or course, but I also thought he brought out the best of and loosened up Ned Martin, as good as Martin already was.

I remember him being interviewed right here on SOSH (by Cumberland Blues maybe) years ago - maybe other times as well - so there was that SOSH connection

I love Rob Bradford's summation today: "Simply put, Jerry Remy was the best leadoff hitter a baseball fan could have had"
 

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A sad, sad day that you knew was coming, but hoped it wasn't. How I miss those broadcasts with him and Orsillo.

RIP RemDawg