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Remy tells Fenway crowd he'll be back for Opening Day 2018

MassLive.com, Springfield, Mass.
August 20. 2017 9:06PM
Red Sox former second baseman and 30-year commentator Jerry Remy of NESN is honored before a game Sunday between the Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. The cancer survivor said he hopes to return to the Red Sox broadcast booth by Opening Day next season. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON — Jerry Remy expects to return to the Red Sox broadcast booth by Opening Day next season.

On Sunday, the Red Sox celebrated the 30th season of Remy’s career as the club’s color commentator on NESN.

Remy hasn’t been in the booth since before the All-Star break following a grueling surgery June 26 for lung cancer followed by several weeks of recovery.

Remy said the surgery was so taxing, doctors extended his recovery time before beginning chemotherapy to help him gain more strength. He is scheduled for his first chemo session on Tuesday.

“Today, 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,” Remy said after the ceremony. “It’s going to be a process that’s going to last about three months and I’m looking 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.”

Remy said he’s talked with a number of people about dealing with cancer (this is his fifth bout with the disease), including Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Remy said it’s been hard to watch the TV broadcast of the Red Sox games because he feels guilty he’s not working.

“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,” he said. “So I kind of follow it through my phone, check the final scores, check the box scores, read (stories), 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.”

Remy, who was emotional at times, was grateful for support from fans and the team.

“It’s absolutely stunning,” he said. “I guess a lot of people have gone through what I have gone through (only) worse. They get an idea. They know. I think those people reach out with open prayers. I have got so much stuff on Twitter and it’s overwhelming. Boxes and boxes of mail. I am surprised there still is mail, but I have boxes at home. It means to me I have done something right over the last 30 years. What that is, I’m not quite sure.”


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