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Don Orsillo a ‘pleasure to work with,’ Jerry Remy says

Jerry Remy (left) and Don Orsillo teamed up for NESN telecasts in 2001.
Jerry Remy (left) and Don Orsillo teamed up for NESN telecasts in 2001.Jim Davis/Globe Staff/File 2009

CHICAGO – Jerry Remy gave an emotional response after Tuesday night’s Red Sox game to Don Orsillo being replaced at season’s end as the NESN play-by-play announcer.

“I just want to say that for the last 15 years it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Don,” said Remy, who has worked with Orsillo since 2001.

“I can remember him sitting in the booth when the job became available. You know, he was asking me if there was any chance that he could get it. I said a few things to a few people and he did get it. He’s been an outstanding partner. I’m truly going to miss him on a personal side and he’s become a very close friend of mine,” said Remy, who paused for a moment as he wept.

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“I know that he’s going to land on his feet and that he’s going to be in great shape,’’ Remy added. “I’m sure they’re going to be lining up for his services. I really mean that. He’s terrific at what he does. He’s been absolutely fabulous to work with. I love him. He’s going to do just fine. I’m not worried about that part of it.”

Remy said the last couple of days have been tough.

“I’ve gone through a lot of different people,’’ Remy said while trying to collect himself. “You get close to people. You feel for him.”

Remy said he was surprised when he heard the news.

“It’s been awfully difficult on him, difficult on everybody,” Remy said. “You’re friends. You have such a good time doing your job and it’s over. I’ve been fortunate to have worked with a lot of good people and he’s atop the list.”


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