Red Sox to honor late Jerry Remy by wearing commemorative patches throughout 2022 season

The Red Sox are going to honor the late Jerry Remy by wearing a commemorative patch on their uniforms throughout the 2022 season, the team announced on Tuesday.

Remy, who played with the Red Sox from 1978-1984 and called Red Sox games in the NESN booth for more than 30 years, passed away at the age of 68 last October following multiple battles with lung cancer. His last public appearance came last fall when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the American League Wild Card game between the Yankees and Red Sox.

A native of Somerset, Mass., Remy will also be honored by the Red Sox at Fenway Park before their game against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 20.

The patches Red Sox coaches and players will wear on the left sleeves of their uniforms are black, feature Remy’s last name in red lettering, and his No. 2 displayed in white beneath his name. These patches will be worn for 161 of Boston’s 162 regular season games, with the only exception being on April 15.

April 15 is the Red Sox’ home opener against the Twins at Fenway Park. It also marks the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s barrier-breaking MLB debut. The Red Sox — as well as MLB’s 29 other clubs — will wear a 42 patch to honor Robinson’s legacy on that day.

The last time the Red Sox wore commemorative patches came in 2012, when the club celebrated the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. They also wore patches in 2002 following the passing of franchise icon Ted Williams.

(Picture: Maddie Malhotra/Boston Red Sox)

Red Sox’ Xander Bogaerts on Jerry Remy’s passing: ‘He will be missed’

Longtime Red Sox player and NESN color analyst Jerry Remy passed away at 68 on Saturday night after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.

Remy often described Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts as his favorite player to watch from the broadcast booth.

“Bogaerts is very special,” Remy told MLB.com’s Ian Browne last April. “He can do everything. I love his style of hitting. He’s not a launch and lift guy. He basically tries to hit line drives. He now has the ability to play with the whole ballpark line to line with his offense which makes him, to me, an outstanding hitter. To top it all, he’s just a tremendous person.”

Remy and Bogaerts share plenty in common. Both are infielders, both were All-Stars and fan favorites in their time with the Red Sox, and both had/have spent the majority of their major-league careers in Boston.

When it was revealed by the Red Sox on Sunday that Remy had indeed passed away following his fight with lung cancer that dates back to 2008, Bogaerts was the lone active player to offer some words of condolence in a series of statements released by the club.

“This is a such a sad day. My thoughts are with Jerry’s family and his loved ones,” Bogaerts said. “As a player, I always loved seeing Rem in our clubhouse at Fenway every day. He was the first person you’d see when you came in. Whether it was just to say hello or to talk baseball, he was always there. You knew he loved the Red Sox and that he was always pulling for us. He will be missed.”

Red Sox manager Alex Cora also made a statement in regards to Remy’s passing, adding that: “Like everyone else in Red Sox Nation today, I’m absolutely devastated by Jerry’s passing.

“We connected because of our love for the game of baseball. I will miss all of our conversations about the game and just passing time together throughout the years, whether in the clubhouse or dugout,” added Cora. “Jerry was so passionate about the Red Sox and even though he had to step away for treatment late in the season, he was with us every step of the way — especially in October.

“We kept in touch just about every day and encouraged each other to keep fighting. It was great seeing him at Fenway when we started our run; he was a source of inspiration for so many of our players. My condolences go out to his wife, Phoebe, and his children and their grandchildren. We will miss you, Rem!”

Cora took to Twitter as well and ended his tweet by writing “Descansa en Paz, amigo,” which translates to “Rest in Peace, friend.”

(Picture of Xander Bogaerts: Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Former Red Sox player, broadcaster Jerry Remy passes away at 68

Longtime Red Sox player and broadcaster Jerry Remy passed away of cancer on Saturday night, the team announced on Sunday. He was 68 years old.

A native of Somerset, Mass., Remy attended Roger Williams University in Rhode Island and was selected by the California Angels in the eighth round of the 1971 MLB January Draft. He made his major-league debut for the Angels in 1975.

After spending the first three seasons of his big-league career with the Halos, Remy was traded to the Red Sox in December 1977 for right-hander Don Aase and cash considerations.

The following year, the scrappy 5-foot-9, 165 pound second baseman was named to his first career All-Star team in the process of slashing .278/.321/.350 with 24 doubles, six triples, two home runs, 44 RBI, 87 runs scored, 30 stolen bases, 40 walks, and 55 strikeouts over 148 games (643 plate appearances) in his debut campaign with the Sox.

Remy, or “Rem Dawg” as he was fondly known as, went on to play six additional seasons for Boston before calling it a career in 1985 on account of knee issues.

All told, the speedy left-handed hitter had batted .275/.327/.328 to go along with 140 doubles, 38 triples, seven homers, 329 RBI, 605 runs scored, and 208 stolen bases across 10 seasons and 1,154 games between the Angels and Red Sox from 1975-1984.

As his playing days came to a close, Remy first coached Boston’s Double-A affiliate — the New Britain Red Sox — in 1986 before transitioning to the broadcast booth beginning in 1988.

From that point forward, Remy served as the New England Sports Network’s (NESN’s) primary Red Sox color analyst for more than 33 seasons.

In 2008, Remy was first diagnosed with lung cancer and missed a good chunk of the 2009 season because of it. He later suffered relapses in his treatment in 2013, 2017, and 2018, causing him to step away from the broadcast booth once more.

This past August, Remy announced that he would be taking another leave of absence from broadcasting to undergo lung cancer treatment. He returned to Fenway Park on October 5, throwing out a ceremonial first pitch to Dennis Eckersley before the American League Wild Card Game.

That would turn out to be Remy’s last public appearance, as he passed away after his long fight with cancer this weekend.

In addition to what he accomplished on the field, Remy was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2006, elected the honorary president of Red Sox Nation in 2007, and was elected to the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007.

Through a series of statements released by the team, Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy described Remy as “a great man, player, and friend whose absence will be felt deeply by all of us,” while manager Alex Cora added that “he was a source of inspiration for so many of our players.”

In short, it goes without saying that Mr. Remy will be missed dearly. Rest in peace to a legend.

(Picture of Jerry Remy: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

On This Day in Red Sox History: Jacoby Ellsbury Steals Club Record Five Bases in Single Game

On this day in 2013, Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury stole five bases as part of a 9-2 victory over the Phillies in Philadelphia, setting the franchise record for most swiped bags in a single game.

The record Ellsbury broke on that faithful Thursday had stood since Ellsbury himself stole four bases in a game against the Yankees in August 2010 to tie Jerry Remy’s single-game record from June 14th of the 1980 season.

Batting leadoff against the Phillies, Ellsbury, then 29 years old, got his historic night started in the top half of the second, when he reached base on a one-out walk against Jonathan Pettibone and proceeded to steal second with Dustin Pedroia at the plate.

Fast forward to the fourth, and Ellsbury was at it again, as the speedster singled with one out in the frame before swiping second once more while Pettibone was dealing with Daniel Nava.

In the sixth, the Oregon native perhaps took advantage of a rattled Jeremy Horst, who had just yielded a two-out solo shot to Jonny Gomes, and was awarded first base after getting plunked with a pitch.

Before Horst even had the chance to get too deep into his matchup with Nava, Ellsbury put his wheels on display yet again, stealing second and third base in a matter of minutes to tie the Red Sox’ single-game record for stolen bases.

And in the eighth, after reaching on a two-out line-drive single off of Phillies reliever Michael Stutes, Ellsbury etched his name into the record books by swiping second for his fifth and final stolen base of the evening. He also advanced to third on a fielding error.

By stealing those five bases, Ellsbury became the first major-leaguer to accomplish the feat since future Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford did the same as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays in a game against Boston in 2009.

Heading into that contest against Philadelphia, Ellsbury’s OPS on the season stood at .691. From the beginning of June to end of the 2013 campaign, the speedy outfielder slashed .318/.367/.462 with 31 stolen bases to earn a top-15 finish in American League MVP voting.

As we all know, the 2013 season was also Ellsbury’s last with the Red Sox, as he inked a seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yankees shortly after Boston took home their eighth World Series title that October.