DETROIT — Jerry Remy, whose devotion to the Red Sox has tied together generations of fans, is again fighting lung cancer.
Remy, 68, announced Wednesday he will step away from his duties with NESN to undergo treatments.
“As I’ve done before and will continue to do, I will battle this with everything I have,” he wrote in a letter addressed to fans. “I am so grateful for the support from NESN, the Red Sox and all of you. I hope that I’ll be rejoining you in your living rooms soon.
“Lastly, I’d like to thank my medical team for all they’ve done for me throughout the treatment process.”
The news broke just as the Red Sox were getting ready for batting practice before playing in Detroit.
“That’s so sad,” manager Alex Cora said. “He’s very important not only for his family, but also for the organization, the whole Red Sox Nation, and the team.
“I wish him nothing but the best. He’s always been there for us, and we will always be there for him.”
After the Sox beat the Tigers, 4-1, Cora dedicated the victory to Remy.
“I texted with Jerry before the game and he said, ‘Get them going. Get them going. Let’s go,’ ” Cora said. “So that was for him. We’re going to miss him. We’re going to be fighting with him.”
Padres broadcaster Don Orsillo, Remy’s former partner on NESN, posted a message on Twitter: “Just heard the news about one of my closest friends. You got this Rem. I know you will be back soon. Strongest person I know. Thoughts with you, always!”
Remy has been battling cancer since 2008, and missed much of the 2009 season after contracting pneumonia and going through a bout with depression.
He returned to the booth in late August of that season and has since taken medical leaves in 2013, 2017, and 2018 to be treated for relapses.
Remy announced Nov. 10, 2018, he was cancer-free. He had another medical scare on June 11 of this season when he was rushed from Fenway Park to Massachusetts General Hospital because of shortness of breath.
Remy spent five days in the hospital and returned to NESN on June 20.
Remy, a Somerset native, played for the Sox from 1978–84, then joined NESN in 1988. He is one of the longest-tenured broadcasters in baseball and has been a confidante to a long line of Red Sox players, coaches, and managers.
Mike Monaco and Dennis Eckersley called the game on Wednesday.