Rooting For RemDawg [OPINION]
Whether you're a baseball fan or not, chances are if you have spent any time in New England over the last few decades, you've heard of the RemDawg.
At 65, Jerry Remy has been in the booth calling the Red Sox games on NESN TV for three decades. Remy is arguably not the best color man in the business, but he is our color man, and he is legendary in a legendary sports market that truly adores him.
Born in Fall River, Remy grew up in nearby Somerset, where he played youth and high school baseball. He played for the California Angels from 1974 through 1978 before being traded to his beloved Boston Red Sox, where he remained until his retirement in 1986. Remy, Boston's starting second baseman, played in 710 games for the Sox, batting .286 with two home runs, 211 RBIs, and 98 stolen bases. Over his career, Remy batted .275 with seven home runs, 329 RBIs, and 208 stolen bases in 1,154 games.
In the historic 1978 one-game playoff with the Yankees for the division title, Remy was on second base when Carl Yastrzemski made the final out, giving the Yankees the win. Remy never saw postseason action.
Remy announced on Tuesday that he is again engaged in a battle with cancer. His sixth in eight years. NESN says Remy will be away from the booth for the foreseeable future, and what happens after that will be determined at that time.
Get well, RemDawg. See ya next season. Just know that Red Sox Nation is cheering for you.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.