BOSTON — Boston Red Sox sportscaster Jerry Remy will be returning to the broadcast booth for NESN-TV this spring, he announced in a news conference Monday, according to a report by the Boston Herald.
It was the first interview Remy has given since Aug. 15, when his son Jared was charged with fatally stabbing Jennifer Martel, the mother of his 5-year-old daughter.
“Last August 15th, we lost a beautiful woman,” Remy told the Herald at the press conference. “She was energetic. She was a wonderful mother. She was a person who was trying to make better for herself through going to school, wanted to become a teacher. It’s been an incredible loss, obviously, to the Martel family to lose their daughter Jen.
“Jen was also very close with us, very close with my family, with my daughter, with my son. We can’t even imagine or feel the pain that the Martels are going through and have been going through daily since this tragedy. We’ve also gone through a lot of pain. I don’t want in any way to take away from what they’ve had to deal with, what they’ve had to go through. But it was by far the worst day of my life, and obviously the worst day of the Martels’ life. They don’t have the benefit now of speaking to her, talking to her. They’ll never see her again. Her daughter will never see her again.”
Jared Remy is being held in jail without bail on a murder charge until his trial begins on Oct. 7 in Woburn, Mass.
Jerry Remy said he did not believe he should return to the broadcast booth and didn’t watch any of the Red Sox games after Aug. 15 until the postseason.
Over the holiday season, through support from his wife and friends, he said he began to reconsider his decision as he reflected on battling from an eighth-round draft pick to a major league all-star and later beating cancer in 2009 and depression in 2012.
It will be the 27th season for Remy as an analyst for NESN and he will be with the team when it begins spring training next month and then in Baltimore when they open the regular season against the Orioles on March 31.
“We look forward to having Jerry back in the booth for the 2014 season,” NESN president and CEO Sean McGrail said in a statement on its website. “It was a difficult personal decision for Jerry to make and all of us at NESN and the Red Sox are completely supportive of his return to our broadcast.”
Remy, a Somerset, Mass., native, played in the majors for 10 seasons, seven with the Red Sox. The second baseman compiled a .275 career batting average with 329 RBIs, 208 stolen bases and a .981 fielding percentage.
He is a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame.