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Boston Herald FORT MYERS — Jerry Remy returned to the Red Sox broadcast booth this afternoon, and during a brief appearance with Dave O’Brien and Steve Lyons, Remy announced that he’s completed his cancer treatment and expects to be back in the NESN booth on Opening Day.
“You know, it’s tough physically,” Remy said, speaking about his chemotherapy and radiation treatments. “It’s tough emotionally. But the fact is, the doctors are so good. You listen to the doctors and what they have to say, and as long as you’re seeing progress, you know, you feel good about it.”
Remy has been broadcasting for NESN since 1988 following a 10-year career as a Major League second baseman. He stepped away last season after a recurrence of lung cancer.
“You know, you go to these places where you get the chemo and get the radiation,” Remy said, “and you get people sitting to your left, to your right, in front of you, behind you, all in probably, maybe, worse shape than you are, you know? So, there’s a lot of people with tremendous courage out there that really help you get through things like this. And, you know, one of the things that helps me get through is the thought of coming back and doing some baseball. And I made a promise last year that I’d be back for Opening Day.”
Remy went out of his way to praise the medical experts in and around Boston who have helped him through the process.
“You get this information, and you gotta do exactly what the doctors say,” he said. “You know, we’re very fortunate that we have some of the best in the world up in our area, and to be able to listen to them, take their instruction. You don’t just battle your way through it. And you get positive signs as you go through it that make you feel good, and you get to a point where you feel things are turning the corner now. You feel a little bit better. But it’s difficult. I’m not going to lie. It’s very difficult to go through, and I don’t wish that on anybody, but I’ll tell ya that if you’re going to have it, the place to get treatment is up in the Boston area. That’s certainly the place.”
Just great news reported today by the Boston Herald. Beloved Red Sox color-commentator Jerry “RemDawg” Remy is feeling well enough to return to his duties for Opening Day 2018. Not only is Remy feeling well enough to return, but according to the article, has actually finished his cancer treatments. Remy has had multiple battles with cancer over the past several seasons, and there was a lot of doubt leading into his availability for this season. Remy promised the fans that he would be back for Opening Day, and it appears as if he is on-track to fulfill that promise he made last September.
Remy has been a cultural icon for several years now, but it would be hard to argue that he rose to prominence around the same time the modern-day Red Sox did. Remy, alongside partner Don Orsillo, were the voices of the Boston Red Sox throughout their conquering of the Curse of the Bambino, the sweep of the Colorado Rockies, and the 2013 Boston Strong season where they defeated the Cardinals. Remy has a large following on the internet, The Remy Report, where he offers his insights on the team and interacts with fans.
Of course, anytime Remy is mentioned it is a good excuse to discuss his most famous call: The Pizza.