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Jerry Remy, broadcaster and former Red Sox second baseman, will return to the NESN broadcasting booth with Don Orsillo for the 2014 season. This is very exciting news for fans across Red Sox Nation that missed the Remdawg after he bowed out of the public eye when his son, Jared, allegedly killed his girlfriend Jennifer Martel in a rage-filled, brutal attack.
The decision to return was not an easy one for Remy. He admitted to the press that as late as November and December he was not ready. He had stopped watching the regular season games, because he was so consumed with his son’s actions. Remy began watching postseason games in October in time to see the Boston Red Sox win the pennant. After a positive visit with his doctor and the insistence of his family and friends, he decided to return to broadcasting for the upcoming season.
Remy stated that he has, “never been a quitter” and does not “intend to be one now.” He continues to manage his health conditions, namely cancer that is in remission, and depression, with strength and humility. He treats this tragic turn of events in the same way. Remy feels deeply for the Martel family, emphasizing, “One thing that I don’t want to get lost in the shuffle in this press conference is that there’s a family out there struggling daily.”
More people ought to have Remy’s resolve. It is difficult to pick yourself up and dust yourself off time after time. He sets a positive example, reminding fans to never give up.
Red Sox fans can look forward to his official return to the booth in a few weeks at spring training. There will be no talk about his son’s legal matters during the impending broadcasts; the main reason for Monday afternoon’s press conference. The 2014 season will be his 27th season calling games for the Boston Red Sox, a job he considers to be within his “comfort zone” and something he “enjoys.”
Welcome back, Jerry. We really missed you.