BOSTON (CBS) – Jerry Remy announced yesterday he’ll be returning to the NESN broadcast booth as his son Jared awaits trial for the murder of Jennifer Martel.
Remy took a leave of absence last year after his son was charged with murder. There were questions regarding Remy’s future on NESN, but Monday’s announcement means he’ll be broadcasting Red Sox games for his 27th season.
Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak want to know: do you even want him back? Is he returning too soon?
With Rem Dog’s return and their sideline reporter dating the team’s third baseman, Gresh calls into question the leadership over at NESN.
“Do you as a fan want the guy back? It’s a matter of being comfortable with this man coming into your living room on a nearly nightly basis from the beginning of April well into October. Are you comfortable with that? There is a giant question that has to be asked of the network over there.”
For their part, NESN is on board with Remy’s decision.
“We look forward to having Jerry back in the booth for the 2014 season,” NESN president and CEO Sean McGrail said in an announcement.
“It was a difficult personal decision for Jerry to make and all of us at NESN and the Red Sox are completely supportive of his return to our broadcast.”
Aside from the public relations aspect of it, Gresh feels like Remy may have lost his fastball to another talented color man.
“There are a lot of people who really fell in love with [Dennis] Eckersley in that role,” said Gresh.
Scott Zolak has gotten to know Jerry Remy on a personal level, and just knows that his son’s alleged crime and incarceration is eating him alive emotionally.
Anyone who has ever had to deal with trauma knows that getting into your routine bring you back to some sense of normalcy, and for that reason Zo understands Remy’s desire to get back.
“When you play and something bad goes wrong your escape is the field; it’s the stadium, it’s the practice and being around the guys. That’s your escape. That’s getting you back into reality. That helps you cope – it’s therapy. I think at some point this becomes therapeutic for Remy to get back to work,” said Zolak.
Listen below for the full discussion: