Jerry Remy already has turned the page to 2018.
The longtime NESN broadcaster was honored before the Boston Red Sox’s 5-1 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday at Fenway Park. But Remy, who has been out of the booth since June as he battles lung cancer, is planning to be back in the booth on Opening Day of next season.
“I’m very confident,” Remy said, per WEEI. “(Sunday), I had my doctors on the field and have so much trust and belief in them that I’m totally confident that I’m going to beat it. And we’re going to start chemotherapy on Tuesday, and it’s going to be a process that’s going to last about three months and I’m lucky forward to starting, but I am because I want to get it by me and I want to get moving on with my life. My goal, obviously, is I’m done for this year but I want to be back here next year on Opening Day.”
The Red Sox celebrated Remy’s 30 years in the booth Sunday, and the fans gave him a roaring applause as he stepped out of the dugout and on to the field. The former Red Sox second baseman hasn’t watched a game since he took his leave of absence. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t been following the Red Sox’s red-hot run in August, though.
“It’s interesting, I’ve not watched a pitch since the day I got operated on, which was in June, and it’s not because I lost interest, it’s just because I feel guilty when I’m not here doing my job,” Remy said.
“So I kind of follow it through my phone, check the final scores, check the box scores, read you, and that’s how I’ve been following the club. I know one thing, they’ve had pretty exciting wins. It’s kind of got the makings of something big could happen here.”
Everyone in Red Sox Nation can’t wait to see Remy back in the booth in 2018.
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