Born on November 8, 1952, in Fall River, Massachusetts, Jerry Remy was not yet the leader of Red Sox nation nor the "Rem Dawg", he was just a regular kid that loved the Red Sox and Pete Rose. Life in Fall River didn't last for long as the family moved to Somerset Massachusetts which is where Jerry spent most of his youth. How does a person go from becoming an excellent high school athlete to the pros, and then a new England icon?
The first step along the way is getting drafted, in the eighth round no less by the California Angels in 1971. Jerry kicked around in the minors until 1975 before getting that call to join the big team for good. For three years he manned second base for the Angels playing well, but not really establishing himself as an All-Star. The red Sox saw more in Remy than the Angels did and made a deal for the local boy in 1978 which not only brought Remy home, but insured they had a solid player to anchor second for them until 1985.Had it not been for a knee injury which Remy couldn't seem to battle through he may have stuck around for a few more years.
The downside was his injury precipitated an unplanned early retirement during spring training in 1986. The good side of the coin was that it opened a door for Remy. In 1988 he signed on as a sports analyst for NESN (New England Sports Network) which carries the Red Sox games. Initially he was part of a three man team which consisted of himself, Don Orsilo, and Ned Martin. Eventually Martin fell by the wayside and the dynamic between Remy and Orsilo was so good management knew better than to mess with a winning team. What that pairing has produced so far is 4 Emmy Awards, and a 2004 nod from Sports Illustrated as the favorite sports announcer in Massachusetts.
As most fans know, the Rem Dawg has a wife and three kids although he prefers to say little about them to maintain their privacy. He loves the Sopranos, Beattles, and actually prefers a good plate of pasta to his famous Yawkey Way RemDawgs, which are really just hot dogs sold under his name. Let us not forget Jerry loves his dolls, at least Wally the Green Monster who accompanies Remy to every broadcast booth he visits, even when he takes the booth for the FOX game of the Week.
As a player the Rem Dawg will ever make the hall of Fame, at least the one in Cooperstown, but over his ten years he proved to be a solid contributor that was often underrated. In 1,154 games Remy collected 1,226 hits, scored 605 runs while driving in another 329, and maintained a .275 average. With contemporaries like Bobby Grich and Willie Randolph, Remy always seemed to be thought of as just as step behind. The truth is in some regards he was a step ahead, the only knock against him was his lack of power, but that was never his game. His game was to play solid defense, move runners along, and score runs, tasks he did as well as anyone.
Remy now lives in Weston Massachusetts, still with his first and only wife, and has overcome everything life has thrown at him. Whether it be cancer, being a physically small guy in professional sports, or being the subject of one of the funniest moments in sports broadcast history, The Rem Dawg just keeps on going. Remy truly has earned the respect of his peers, love of his fans, and is and always will be a favorite son of Massachusetts.