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Beloved long-time Boston Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy died on Saturday after a long battle with cancer.
Boston Red Sox baseball is going to sound different on Opening Day next year. For the first time in over three decades, Jerry Remy won’t be there.
Remy died on Saturday after battling lung cancer. He was 68.
He had been narrating summers of Red Sox baseball for over 30 years, having joined NESN back in 1988 and consistently sitting in the booth until he needed to step away back in August.
Aside from his years in Boston’s booth, Remy penned books about baseball that helped connect fans to his playing days or introduce younger generations to aspects of Red Sox fandom. He also owned a number of restaurants around the Boston area, including the iconic RemDawg’s.
Simply put, Remy was as deeply embedded in Red Sox fandom as icons like Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski, and will remain an important part of the Sox family even though he’s gone.
Remy’s death comes just a few months after he announced he was being treated for lung cancer. Back in June, Remy needed to leave Fenway Park in the middle of a broadcast after suffering from shortness of breath. It was revealed two months later that he was being treated for lung cancer and that he would need to step away from the Red Sox booth.
His cancer treatment didn’t keep Remy away from Fenway, however. In what would end up being his last appearance at the ballpark, Remy threw out the first pitch of the AL Wild Card Game between the Yankees and Red Sox.