Jerry Remy’s announcement that he’ll be returning to the broadcast booth for the Boston Red Sox has been mostly met with support, but there have been a segment of doubters that wonder if he’s made the right decision. Some have even questioned whether the team (or NESN, for that matter) should allow him to return. Remy spoke with WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan Show on Tuesday morning, expanding on the decision given all that’s transpired.
I’m just going to come back and see how it goes. As I said yesterday, I said I work for very smart people, both at NESN and with the Red Sox, who have been very, very supportive. They’ll know. They’re smart people. They’ll know whether it’s going to work or not work. And if it doesn’t work, they’ll make the proper adjustments. But I’m confident it will work. I wouldn’t be coming back if I didn’t think that.
It’s no secret what Remy’s been through over the past six months. His son, Jared, was arrested in mid-August and charged murder following the stabbing and death of his live-in girlfriend Jennifer Martel. The pair has a now five year old daughter together. Upon learning of his son’s arrest Remy immediately took a leave of absence from his duties and has remained relatively quiet since for understandable reasons. Remy’s family has been through a tragedy, but he’s always remained steadfast in his desire to respect the Martel’s family’s wishes here as well as he elected to remain away from the team during the entirety of their World Series celebrations.
Jared Remy remains behind bars, being held without bond until his trial next fall.
Jerry Remy’s been involved in baseball for 40 years, between his time in the booth and his playing career as a second baseman for the Red Sox. He’s loved by the players and by the fans. The alleged actions of his son are certainly irreprehensible, but Remy should still be able to live his life and continue his career. Doing so doesn’t cause any harm.