Don Orsillo invites Dennis Eckersley to join him in San Diego amid Red Sox retirement
Sox games won’t be the same without one of baseball’s most passionate and unique voices. Eck is beloved, so the tributes and well-wishes are pouring in.
But the message from longtime Sox broadcaster Don Orsillo may send fans over the edge, because in addition to sending well-wishes to his former partner, Orsillo invited him to join him on the west coast. It sounds like Orsillo wants to have a little Sox reunion on the San Diego Padres’ broadcast.
Losing Orsillo in 2015 was hard enough, but he and Eckersley reunited in another team’s booth would be unbearable for Sox fans.
Thankfully, Eckersley probably isn’t moving to SoCal, as his grandchildren live up in the Bay Area. Since being closer to them is the reason he’s leaving the Sox booth, presumably, he and his wife will relocate north.
While Eckersley’s departure has nothing to do with the state of the team, the timing is rougher than sandpaper. The on-field product is terrible, faith in the front office and ownership is at an all-time low, and the ballpark prices have never been higher. Eck made all of that bearable, even enjoyable, with his stories, straight-shooting, and delightful ‘Eckisms.’
There won’t be any sugarcoating it now.