Beloved Red Sox legend Jerry Remy passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer
The baseball world and Red Sox Nation, in particular, are mourning the passing of Jerry Remy, who passed away this weekend.
The Sox player-turned-color analyst had battled cancer on and off for over a decade and stepped away from the broadcast booth during the Red Sox regular season when his cancer returned.
Amid the outpouring of heartfelt messages and memories shared by the team, former players, and fans, was the heartbreaking revelation by Sox manager Alex Cora that Remy had been texting him throughout the Red Sox’s postseason run.
Before his passing, Jerry Remy told Alex Cora that the Red Sox needed to “Keep fighting” in the postseason
“Keep fighting” is a fitting message for a team that tackled formidable opponents all year long, and demolished the low bar that had been set for them. It is especially poignant now that Remy is gone.
Fans knew that Remy was on the team’s minds as they endeavored through an unexpected postseason run. Numerous players wore Jerry Remy Fight Club shirts, including Chris Sale and Xander Bogaerts. Unsurprisingly, the Sully’s Brand shirts are currently sold out.
Remy’s final baseball appearance was to throw out the first pitch at Fenway Park for the AL Wild Card Game. His broadcast mate, longtime friend, and fellow Sox legend, Dennis Eckersley, caught it.
There will never be another RemDawg. For decades, his joyful voice was the soundtrack of the Boston Red Sox. A Massachusetts native and former Sox player, he brought passion, personality, and his own experience into the booth. He commented on the best and worst of Boston baseball with heart and humor.
It wasn’t a Red Sox game until Remy said, “Buenas noches, amigos!” (Good evening, friends!) or “Buenas tardes, amigos!” for the rare day game. It was the soundbite we waited to hear every long, cold offseason, and it’s hard to imagine beginning games any other way. He will be terribly missed, and absolutely irreplaceable.
Buenas noches, amigo.