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The Voice of my Childhood: Remembering Jerry Remy

As a 21-year-old and lifelong Red Sox fan, Jerry Remy was a cornerstone of my childhood for most of my life. Remy, aka the “Rem Dawg” was not only a staple in the broadcast community but was known as the unofficial president of Red Sox Nation. The duo of Remy and Don Orsillo will be remembered for years to come from the classic calls and long-time giggles in the booth. After defeating cancer so many times, it was just expected by everyone that he would bounce back from cancer again as he was battling a seventh stint with the deadly disease. Remy blamed smoking most of his life as the main reason for the battle with cancer.

The former Sox second baseman and Fall River native was in the NESN booth for years and he made his last appearance at Fenway when he threw out the first pitch before the Wild Card game against the Yankees as he sent the crowd into a frenzy. Despite breathing tubes the Rem Dawg threw the first pitch to close friend Dennis Eckersley. The crowds gave Jerry a victorious cheer in what would be some of the last days of his life. He will be remembered by many especially around my age, as a legend behind the mic. Fenway will miss his presence and it will simply not be the same without him. I will miss the voice of Jerry, and watching the team I love the most simply will not be the same.

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