Jerry Remy Returns to NESN Friday

by Ken Fang on August 19, 2009

In what certainly is welcome news to Red Sox Nation, NESN announced tonight that Jerry Remy will return to his familiar analyst chair this Friday. He’ll be eased back into his role. Remy will not work road games and most likely, the rotation of analysts from Dennis Eckersley to Dave Roberts will work with TV voice Don Orsillo when the Red Sox are away from Fenway Park. Starting in Spring Training, Remy missed games, but returned late in March and started to work the regular season, but in May, it was revealed that he was recovering from cancer surgery and would miss work indefinitely. Last week, Jerry made an emotional visit to the NESN booth and was given a standing ovation by Red Sox fans. He was also revealed that during his recovery, he suffered from depression.

NESN made the announcement of Jerry’s return during its pregame show and he called in to talk with host Tom Caron.

A NESN press release also touts the return of the Remdawg on Friday.

JERRY REMY TO RETURN TO THE NESN BROADCAST BOOTH THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 21ST

Popular Announcer Will Return to Work on a Part-Time Basis for the Remainder of the Season

BOSTON, MA – NESN announced today that longtime Red Sox color commentator Jerry Remy will return to the NESN broadcast booth on a part-time basis beginning this Friday, August 21st when the Red Sox host the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Remy took a leave of absence in May to fully recover from the effects of cancer surgery which included a bout with depression.

“I want to thank NESN, the Red Sox, and all of Red Sox Nation for their incredible level of support,” said Remy. “I’m really looking forward to getting back to work and doing the job that I miss terribly.”

“We are thrilled that Jerry is ready to get back in the booth this week,” said NESN president Sean McGrail. “He is an important part of the NESN family and we are all very happy that he will be back in his familiar spot next to Don Orsillo on Friday.”

Jerry Remy began as NESN’s Boston Red Sox color analyst in 1988, and has been working with play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo since the 2001 season. Voted Massachusetts’ favorite TV announcer by Sports Illustrated in 2004, Remy has been honored with four Emmy Awards and was named the Massachusetts Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 2004. Remy played 10 years in the major leagues including 7 years as the Red Sox second baseman. The Somerset, MA native had his best year in 1978 when he batted .278, scored 87 runs, stole 30 bases and was selected to the American League All-Star team.  A 2006 inductee into the Red Sox Hall of Fame, Remy was elected president of Red Sox Nation in September of 2007.

In his blog at the Red Sox social networking site, Sawxheads, Jerry writes that he looks forward to returning this Friday for the series against the Yankees.

Hello Sawxheads,

I’m excited to announce that I will be back in the NESN booth again starting this Friday night. You think I would miss another series with the Yankees!?

I will be easing back into things so don’t be surprised if I am not on the road trips. That said, I am excited to be back in the booth with D.O. on Friday. I will bring  Wally, his Adirondack chair and hopefully a little luck for the Sox.

Oh ya, congratulations to Dustin and Kelli (Pedroia) on the birth of Dylan. I’m sure your MVP award pales in comparison to the birth of your son. Congrats!

I will be blogging again soon… please be sure to drop by.

-Jerry Remy

It certainly is good news for Red Sox fans and Friday will be a day of great anticipation for Remy’s fans.

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