NESN has not confirmed the details of Remy’s status for next season, at least publicly. In the August aftermath of the news about Orsillo’s departure, NESN president/CEO Sean McGrail told the Herald that Remy — who has had an excellent season as an analyst — was in the network’s plans for next season but the specific role hadn’t been finalized.
Asked if that meant Remy would have a reduced role, McGrail said, “We don’t know yet. We're working through that." There remains industry buzz that NESN might have interest in broadcasters who have built their profiles elsewhere, including ESPN’s Rick Sutcliffe.
Remember, this is exactly how NESN fired Jenny Dell. They "changed her role" and within months of her being removed as a sideline reporter, she was gone.
So, we're looking at a NESN broadcast booth of Dave O'Brien and Rick Sutcliffe next season? Oh my God, that sounds so fucking boring.
Don't get me wrong. They're both professionals and they've both been in the business for a while. They're both just so friggin bland.
NESN knows they have us by the balls. They know they can do whatever they want in that booth and we will still watch. And that sucks.
The fact is, Remy and Orsillo are living legends. They have incredible chemistry and are really good at what they do. On top of that, they gave me a reason to watch Red Sox games even during their darkest days. That is a talent that not too many broadcasters have...and a talent that NESN is friggin stupid to ignore.
Just thinking about a NESN booth next season without Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo pisses me off. The fact that there is absolutely nothing we can do about it is fucking infuriating.
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