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Top Moments '09: No. 10 - Jerry Remy Returns

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Let's get this thing started. First up, at #10, is Jerry Remy's return to Fenway Park.


For the last 20 years, Red Sox fans have watched their team play ball while listening to Jerry Remy provide color commentary. For many of us, there's no separating the Rem Dawg from the game. But for much of the 2009 season, we were forced to do just that.


Late last year, Remy had surgery to remove cancer from his lung. A lengthy recovery process complicated by infection and pneumonia left the former 2nd baseman drained to the point where, on April 30th, he took a leave of absence from calling Sox games that would last until August. Dennis Eckersley filled in for him, and while it was fun having Eck talk about "sneaky/hairy cheese" and make more than his fair share of on-air gaffes, it wasn't the same.


On August 12th, Sox fans were treated to a visit to the booth by Jerry Remy for the first time in over 3 months. When he was put up on the center field scoreboard, all of Fenway welcomed back Remy with a much-deserved standing ovation. Remy wouldn't return to broadcasting for over a week, but for me, it's that moment that will stick as Remy's return to Fenway and to the Red Sox