On the field, everything has gone swimmingly for the Red Sox this year, but NESN just released some horrible news about one of the most beloved members of the Red Sox family. Jerry Remy, of course the longtime color analyst for NESN broadcasts, has once again been diagnosed with cancer. The station released the news Tuesday afternoon.
Awful news from NESN, "Jerry Remy has been diagnosed once again with cancer. At this time, Jerry’s focus is on his medical treatment. The thoughts and prayers of all of us at NESN and the Red Sox are with Jerry and his family during this difficult time."— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) August 7, 2018
There’s really not much to say here beyond the fact that this truly sucks. This is the sixth time Remy has been diagnosed with cancer, dating back to the first time in 2008. He has been healthy all season after finishing up radiation treatment over the winter and joining the team in Fort Myers towards the end of spring training. NESN released the following statement regarding the diagnosis:
“Jerry Remy has been diagnosed once again with cancer. At this time, Jerry’s focus is on his medical treatment. The thoughts and prayers of all of us at NESN and the Red Sox are with Jerry and his family during this difficult time.”
There are various opinions about Remy as a broadcaster, but there is no doubt that he is a major part of every Red Sox fan’s life. He has been calling Red Sox games for three decades, while playing for the team in the 70s and 80s and growing up in Massachusetts. Remy has an uncanny ability to bring a light-hearted joy to every broadcast and is able to make even the most boring and inconsequential of games. As Ben Carsley pointed out on Twitter, what makes these diagnoses particularly gut-wrenching is how open Remy has been about the struggles he’s gone through over the last decade-plus.
It goes without saying that our thoughts here at OTM go out to Remy and his family, and we all hope for a quick recovery. He is, of course, doing the right thing by focusing on his health over everything else right now. According to Chad Finn, NESN will be using Steve Lyons as a replacement, at least in the short-term. Lyons will join the booth on the upcoming trips to Toronto and Baltimore.