Some may consider this “old news” by now, but announcer Jerry Remy has decided to return to the Red Sox broadcast booth for 2014. After 26 years, even an event such as what has happened to his family is not always a strong enough reason to pull someone away from the job that he or she loves.
What is that event? Remy’s son, as Remy reminds us in this interview posted on Boston.com, is accused of murder.
As a public figure, Remy will likely receive scrutiny for his son’s alleged actions. By going back to work, he risks criticism of why he would return with such serious allegations hanging over his son. He will likely have to endure scrutiny from some fans and much of the media until — and likely well after — the trial completes regardless of the verdict. He says in the video clip that he means no offense or disrespect to the victim’s family but announcing Red Sox games is — as Remy puts it — his job and what he does.
Then again, working the job he loves may very well be the medicine Remy needs to deal with these serious issues. I am no expert on handling this type of situation, and I cannot speak for him or anyone else. However, when I lost a brother in 2005 and both my parents within 18 days of each other in 2009, working the job I had loved for then 11 and 15 years repsectively (now 20) kept my mind and heart occupied and helped me cope with the tragedies much more than most other activities outside of prayer.
Maybe the same can hold true for Jerry Remy in his situation. In the video clip, he explains that it was a very difficult decision that he discussed extensively with his wife. Said Remy,
“We kind of talked things out and decided that it was probably the best thing to do to try to lead by example and try to get the rest of my family to move forward. And I should do the same thing…. I’ve been in this game for forty years, and I have never quit anything, so I didn’t feel like it was gonna quit this.”
Another reason for his return has come up. In that same two-minute interview clip, Remy explains that he had a CT scan performed in January. That scan came back negative, meaning no cancer exists. That is very good news for Remy and his family. He can perform his job freely with less to worry about physically.
I still do not know many details of the case, and I doubt I ever will. I do know that a man had to make a very difficult decision. Remy made it, and he will return to the booth in 2014. Without him, Red Sox games on NESN just would not be the same.