Jerry Remy, the former Red Sox second baseman who became one of Boston’s most beloved sports broadcasters over three decades in the booth, died Saturday at 68.
After seven seasons turning double plays in the Fenway infield, including an All-Star nod in 1978, Remy spent 33 years in the Fenway broadcast booth, as synonymous with a Sox broadcast as the team itself.
News of his passing drew an outpouring of grief on Sunday, with many sharing their fondest memories of one of the most popular figures in Boston sports.
Alex Cora shared a few texts that he’d exchanged with Remy over the last few weeks, before writing “rest in peace” in Spanish.
A few txt from Remy in October:— Alex (@ac13alex) October 31, 2021
“Clean it up” (my favorite one)
He was always there for us.
He will be miss.
Descansa en Paz, amigo.
Through the team, Cora released a statement:
“Like everyone else in Red Sox Nation today, I’m absolutely devastated by Jerry’s passing. We connected because of our love for the game of baseball. I will miss all of our conversations about the game and just passing time together throughout the years, whether in the clubhouse or dugout. Jerry was so passionate about the Red Sox and even though he had to step away for treatment late in the season, he was with us every step of the way—especially in October. We kept in touch just about every day and encouraged each other to keep fighting. It was great seeing him at Fenway when we started our run; he was a source of inspiration for so many of our players. My condolences go out to his wife, Phoebe, and his children and their grandchildren. We will miss you, Rem!”
Former Sox players, including teammates Fred Lynn and Wade Boggs, expressed grief and condolences on social media.
Remy, through his time in the broadcast booth and on the road with the team, got to know every player in the clubhouse.
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
Xander Bogaerts called it a “sad day.”
“My thoughts are with Jerry’s family and his loved ones. As a player, I always loved seeing Rem in our clubhouse at Fenway every day. He was the first person you’d see when you came in. Whether it was just to say hello or to talk baseball, he was always there. You knew he loved the Red Sox and that he was always pulling for us. He will be missed.”
David Ortiz thanked Remy for coining the nickname he’d be synonymous with forever.
“A fun person to be around and incredible human being just left us,” Ortiz said in a Red Sox statement.” We are going to miss you, brother. Thank you for calling me Big Papi on air — l will never forget that. Miss you already, Rem Dawg.”
Dustin Pedroia, the former Red Sox second baseman, said it was “difficult to put into words what Jerry meant to me and our entire organization.
“I will miss our baseball talks, joking and laughing together, and our friendship. Jerry helped me so much as a young player and I looked up to him. He helped me see the game in different ways. He left his mark on everyone and will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family.”
And Pedro Martinez said Remy’s voice went along with some of the “greatest moments” of his career.
“Ever since I laid foot at Fenway Park you were there to call it, feel it and appreciate it,” he said in a release from the Red Sox. “Just like your voice with a great smile, right along with some of the greatest memories in my career in Boston. I’ll never forget how supportive you were towards me and my career, Rem Dawg. Your memories will always live with me, as well as my respect and mutual admiration. Rest in peace and my deepest condolences to your family.”
Tim Wakefield posted a photo of Remy on Instagram, calling him a “great mentor.”
In 34 seasons calling games, Remy was part of some of the most memorable moments in Sox broadcast history — some of those moments made the rounds Sunday, from the lost tooth incident to the legendary “here comes the pizza.”
Major League Baseball and the MLBPA offered their condolences as well.
A giant in Boston sports media, Remy’s passing was mourned by those who worked so closely with him covering the Red Sox, including NESN’s Tom Caron.
Having trouble finding the words to describe what the loss of Jerry means to me, and to all of us who love the Red Sox. He was insightful, funny, and courageous. It was an honor to call him my friend. We will miss him terribly. #RIPJerryRemy pic.twitter.com/axMBpgbmFd— Tom Caron (@TomCaron) October 31, 2021
Rest In Peace Jerry Remy. Sending deep condolences, thoughts and prayers to his family. He will forever be synonymous with Red Sox Nation. We’ll miss you Jerry. Say hi to Dad for me. 🙏— Ben Cafardo (@Ben_ESPN) October 31, 2021
In what proved his final farewell to Red Sox fans, Remy threw out the first pitch before the Sox-Yankees Wild Card Game in early October, with breathing assistance from an oxygen tank, to his old teammate — on the field and in the booth — Dennis Eckersley.
The Worcester Red Sox shared photos of one of Remy’s last public appearances from September.
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