Jerry Remy is an institution in New England, where he’s been a regular color commentator for NESN’s Red Sox broadcasts since 2001. Over the years, however, various health concerns and issues have popped up that have taken him away from the booth for extended periods of time.

In 2008, Remy had surgery to remove a cancerous area from his lung and then suffered from pneumonia while recovering, which prevented him from broadcasting until 2009. Remy took time off again in 2013 when pneumonia returned but returned a few weeks later. In 2017, Remy announced that his lung cancer was back and he was going to receive treatment. After another cancer diagnosis in August 2018, he underwent further treatments and announced in November of that year that he was cancer-free.

All of which is to say that when the 68-year-old commentator suddenly disappeared during the third inning of Friday night’s broadcast of the Red Sox – Blue Jays game, many viewers noticed and started wondering what might have happened.

Remy’s boothmates, Dave O’Brien and Dennis Eckersley, did not make any mention of Remy’s absence during the broadcast at the time.

NESN did eventually release a statement on Saturday, saying that Remy “experienced shortness of breath and stepped away from the broadcast as a precaution. The statement also notes that he is currently as Mass General Hospital and “resting comfortably.”

That statement was also read on the air on NESN.

As noted in the statement, there is currently no timeline for Remy’s return to the booth, let alone when he will be released from the hospital.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to