Many retired athletes go on to stay involved in their respective sports post-retirement. Some choose to be coaches, managers or scouts, but many end up in the broadcast booth — like NESN's own Jerry Remy.
Remy has been in the NESN broadcast booth for Red Sox telecasts since 1988, and with Don Orsillo since 2001. Not only have these two become the most entertaining broadcasters on television, but some of the most knowledgeable and a great duo. There are other former athletes who impress with their knowledge and wit in the broadcast booth, but don't come close to Remy's talent.
Remy has his moments that cannot be forgotten and must always be in the back of every Sox fan's mind. First, the pizza incident. This bizarre, yet hilarious NESN telecast event took place during the Red Sox' 7-2 win against the Angels at Fenway Park on Patriots Day in 2007. A foul ball was headed toward left field foul territory and then a fan interfered with Angels left-fielder Garret Anderson's attempt to catch the ball. Apparently another fan wasn't too pleased with the other fan's actions and decided to throw a perfectly good slice of pizza at him. If you haven't seen it yet, you're missing out!
Some of the things Remy does aren't always on live broadcasts. Sometimes they occur before or even after they go live in the booth. In this case, it was before a pregame show interview with Tom Caron. Remy came onto the show, barely able to control his laughter. Remy, laughing so hard he could barely speak, explained how he had just fallen off of a table while playing air guitar in the broadcast booth. NESN then showed viewers the video of Remy's air guitar, which turned out to be a hilarious scene.
Maybe Remy, and even Orsillo, are big fans of music and dancing. First we had Remy doing the air guitar, and more recently the two were caught on camera dancing in-between innings during a game in Oakland.
It's hard to say what is going to happen next, but these two always seem to have fans on the edge of their seats awaiting the next comical moment.
Let's not forget, though, that Remy also played professional baseball. He provides insightful analysis on the game and is one of the more unbiased media members. There are controversial calls in nearly every game. It's not always an obvious incident or even impedes a team's chance to win, but they're plays that require proper and unbiased analysis, even if fans don't want to hear it.
That's where Jerry Remy has a clear advantage over other broadcasters. Remy does his job, and does it better than anyone else in the business.