Well, now Remdawg is on the DL indefinitely recovering from complications from cancer treatment of last year. We wish Jerry Remy a quick and full recovery from this, whether or not he comes back to announcing. I’d love him to come back at least for home games or a game a week or something. He’s just fun to listen to.
But subbing in for the Remdawg is Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley. Now, Eck has been an analyst on NESN for some time, platooning with HOF inductee Jim Rice and providing great commentary and depth beside lead anchor Tom Caron (‘TC’).
Eck started filling the Remy role maybe two weeks ago, and I gotta say, I’m really enjoying his commentary. It’s more pitching-centric than Remy is, which makes sense since Eck understands pitching as well as anyone, but he’s always got something interesting to say. Furthermore, he’s got a machine-gun delivery of colorful terminology that is a riot. I translate for Lexi all the time after we stop laughing.
To wit, here is something he had to say when Big Papi was at the plate yesterday:
…Don’t you just want to see (the Toronto Blue Jays pitcher) throw him a piece of cheese so he can bale-and-wale and knock that ball four-thirty? You know, just get some gas and really turn on it and it’s a bomb…
That is just all kinds of awesome. And he’s almost always talking like this with some of the same intensity you would expect from one of the dominant closers in baseball. He gets really fired up about stuff. At one point I thought he was going to throw off his headset and dive onto the field to get involved after a pitcher threw FAR inside on Youk.
Great fun to listen to Eck.
But get well soon, Jerry. We still miss you.