Boston, MA - Growing up, I was lucky enough to experience a plethora of amazing seasons by the Boston Red Sox. The first season I actually remember from the Red Sox was the 2004 season when the team “reversed the curse” and won their first World Series title in eighty-six years. Of course, being only six at the time, this means that I was not forced to be subjected to the previous eighty-six years of misery, marked by players like Aaron Boone (the year prior), Bill Buckner, Bucky Dent, and more. All I’ve really known as a fan of the Red Sox is success, which I know would probably frustrate other long-suffering fans of Boston, but, hey, they get to experience the titles just like I have!
One of the best parts of experiencing this success (which includes 2018’s World Series championship) was growing up with certain players and figures associated with the team. It was easy for me to become attached to players like David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, and more. It was also very easy for me and millions of others in New England to become attached to the voices that call the games of our beloved Red Sox.
Obviously, Joe Castiglione is a delight on WEEI’s radio calls of the Red Sox games. This goes without saying that, many times during the year, Castiglione has become the voice of everyday life for Boston sports fans. However, Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo, the voices of NESN for many years were also seminal for me growing up watching almost every Red Sox game.
As time went by, Orsillo was wrongfully displaced by Red Sox ownership and found his way as a commentator for the San Diego Padres. But Remy remained a mainstay in Boston. Playing for the team for six seasons, Remy became a broadcaster in 1988 and was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2006. Remy’s voice has been a crucial aspect of the Red Sox over the years, but he has also been forced to weather many bouts with health problems. Most recently, Remy experienced a fourth cancer diagnosis during this season. However, he announced via Twitter on Saturday that he was cancer free for “hopefully forever.” Go RemDawg!