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Jerry Remy, the man who soundtracked decades of summers for Boston Red Sox fans, has reportedly died at 68. Remy, a longtime Red Sox broadcaster and former baseball player, was being treated for lung cancer.
NewsCenter 5 has learned that beloved #Boston Red Sox broadcaster and former player Jerry Remy has died. He was 68 years old and in the middle of his 7th cancer battle. Rest in peace, Jerry. 💔 #RemDawg #RIP #RedSox #baseball #MLB pic.twitter.com/gu5coKz5Lb
— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) October 31, 2021
Remy was a player before he was a broadcaster. The second baseman spent the first three years of his career with the then-California Angels, then would play for the Red Sox for the next seven years, ending his career in Boston in 1984.
Four years later, Remy was hired by NESN, starting a decades-long career as the voice of the Red Sox, a career that would lead to his induction in the Red Sox Hall of Fame as both a player and a broadcaster. He had many legendary calls, but his narration of a fan getting pizza thrown at him epitomizes why many fans loved him.
A legendary moment in Boston sports history.
Rest In Peace, Jerry Remy.
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) October 31, 2021
Remy, who'd survived multiple other bouts with cancer, hadn't been broadcasting with the team since August, when he took a leave of absence to receive cancer treatment. The Red Sox paid tribute to him just a few weeks ago, when he threw out the first pitch at the American League wild-card game against the New York Yankees on Oct. 5. He tossed the pitch to Dennis Eckersley, his former Red Sox teammate and broadcast partner.
— NESN (@NESN) October 6, 2021
Many pay tribute to Remy
For baseball fans, broadcasters are the constant from year to year. The team on the field may change, stars may get traded and coaches may get fired. But no matter what, when you tune in, you know you're going to hear that familiar voice, the same voice you heard when you were a kid or in college or rocking your newborn to sleep.
That's who Remy was for Red Sox fans. The voice that guided them through the ups and downs. When news of his death began to spread, tributes began pouring in from fans, former players and broadcasters.
Rest In Peace, Jerry Remy. What a special person you were to not only me, but to Jenny as well. I can recall nights on the road when I would be struggling at the plate and RemDog would come to my hotel room for a glass of wine and to talk ball. One of a kind. We’ll miss you. ♥️⚾️
— Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks) October 31, 2021
Jerry Remy was one of a kind. The world lost a great one.
— Jamie Gatlin (@JamieGatlin17) October 31, 2021
the voice of baseball in my college years, along with Orsillo. Always enjoyed listening to him because he had fun announcing. RIP https://t.co/W5MIrOZ6Xm
— Craig Goldstein (@cdgoldstein) October 31, 2021
Hard to overstate what Remy meant for me, and most of you I'd assume, as a young fan. Baseball can be a grind to follow on a day-to-day basis, but no one was better at making every game, even a mid-June blowout, enthralling and entertaining. RIP to one of the best to ever do it.
— OverTheMonster (@OverTheMonster) October 31, 2021
This hurts. Jerry was so beloved. RIP. https://t.co/HZipIIN8N1
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 31, 2021
Hard to imagine how many thousands of hours of my life have been spent with Remy's voice in the background. It honestly won't feel like summer in New England without him. This one really hurts. RIP to a tough, thoughtful man who had a long fight. I hope he can finally rest. https://t.co/raac95qCED
— Extreme Fait Accompli Vibes (@greatstuffTM) October 31, 2021
Absolutely crushed to hear of the passing of Jerry Remy. His voice was like comfort food for all of us in Red Sox Nation, in good times and bad. He & Don Orsillo could make even the most unwatchable of games effortlessly entertaining. Godspeed, sir, and thanks for all the smiles. pic.twitter.com/j8vqYY5Ktv
— Red (@SurvivingGrady) October 31, 2021
— Jenny Dell (@JennyDell_) October 31, 2021
Nearly every night from April to October since I was like 12 I sat down to watch the Red Sox & Jerry was there. It’s amazing how a person you never even met can have an immeasurable impact on your life. Thank you, @Jerry_Remy. https://t.co/cTtyc3JkMr
— Dan O'Mara (@Dan_OMara) October 31, 2021
Jerry Remy was Red Sox baseball. He loved the game, he loved the city, and most importantly, he was a fighter. He inspired so many with his fights against cancer, and his story will continue to inspire. There will never be another, and we will never forget the impact he made.
— Sam Federman (@Sam_Federman) October 31, 2021
We allow local sports broadcasters into our living rooms 150 times a year. We share laughs and ups and downs. They become like friends when we dont even really know them. It feels like we've lost a friend today. Buenos noches, amigo. #ripjerryremy #remdawg pic.twitter.com/MNouwQEFi8
— BostonFitzy (@BostonFitzy) October 31, 2021