Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy and NESN announced today that he’ll be stepping away from the booth to treat lung cancer.
“Dear Red Sox Nation, I’d like to share that I’ll be stepping away from the NESN broadcast for the time being to undergo lung cancer treatment,” said Remy in a statement. “As I’ve done before and will continue to do, I will battle this with everything I have.”
Since 1988, Remy has been the color analyst for Sox games. The former second baseman of the Red Sox has had a previous history of health history of health problems, as ust earlier this year he stepped away from a broadcast due to a shortness of breath. But he recovered well, and returned to the booth weeks later.
Remy, 68, received his first bout of lung cancer in 2008, and has since been diagnosed with it four different times. He was deemed cancer-free in 2018, but the illness seems to have returned. The analyst has also opened up about his depression before.
“I am so grateful for the support from NESN, the Red Sox and all of you. I hope that I’ll be rejoining you in your living rooms soon,” Remy later stated. “Lastly, I’d like to thank my medical team for all they’ve done for me throughout the treatment process. Yours Truly, Jerry.”
The longtime infielder of the Red Sox spent seven years of his 10-year major-league career with Boston, hitting .286/.334/.334 through his from 1978-1984. He racked up 98 stolen bases while blasting just two homers, tallying 211 RBIs and posting a wRC+ of 82 through his 710 appearances with the Sox.
Many have given there thoughts and prayers on social media, including Red Sox manager Alex Cora.
— Alex (@ac13alex) August 4, 2021
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