Opening Day For The World Champs

That was a fast offseason.

The 2014 Red Sox begin their regular season this afternoon at 3:05 in Baltimore. A defiant Jerry Remy will be in the booth alongside Don Orsillo despite the fact that his presence on the telecasts is not just a job to earn a living, but he is there to entertain and inform the audience, some of whom may be uncomfortable with having him on.

He has a right to earn a living, but this is not just any living. Despite being a private person with a private lifestyle, his job puts him very much in the public eye.

My personal feelings are conflicted on this. While I appreciated Chad Finn’s column from Friday where he made the case that there is no reason to oust Remy from his job, I can see the other side too.

There are other factors here too. Putting aside the legal matters with his son, is Jerry Remy the best person for this job? At one time he was among the very best color commentators in the game. Is he still? I think that’s up for debate. Is he even the best one employed by the station? (I say Dennis Eckersley is better.) Does he bring out the best in his partner? I don’t think he does. Too often, they go off onto silly tangents, and is that going to be appropriate now? When Orsillo works with Eckersley, one of the things I appreciate is that Eck solicits input from Orsillo, who sometimes seems surprised at that. But he brings out the best in Orsillo, which is better for the broadcast.

So Eckersley doesn’t want the gig full time. OK. I was just using him as an example.

I really don’t know how these first few weeks and beyond are going to go. Are we just going to forget about it, and it will be Don and Jerry and Wally as usual? It’s really hard to tell. We know Remy’s not going anywhere of his volition, and John Henry and NESN are not going to remove him.

Finn in the Red Sox preview in the Globe had a look at all the Sox radio and TV voices.

For the on-field team, there is plenty of intrigue, from the official rookie season of Xander Bogaerts, to the comeback of Grady Sizemore (Tony Massarotti’s personal source of anger) and the performance of veterans who performed so above expectations last year.

Of course, we’re already being told in some quarters that there is no where for this season to go but down. I don’t know about you, but I’m so glad we have these brave truth-tellers to set us yahoo honks straight on things.

Check all today’s coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

Tony Massarotti Is Panicked Over Grady Sizemore, And Other Absurdities

Mike, these people think they’re getting the Grady Sizemore from 2008!!! They’re not, Mike! He’s not the same guy! He’s going to break down!

Welcome to the latest Tony Massarotti idiotic strawman panic argument. Who exactly are these people who are saying Grady Sizemore is going to be an injury-free MVP candidate this season.

Mike, I’m really worried about Tampa! They know how to win in September! The Red Sox don’t!

Mike I’m really worried that the Red Sox woke up the Yankees yesterday! Why’d they do that? It’s over now!

I’m glad Tony has found his calling.

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This immediately become my favorite Bill Belichick clip of all time.

It was in response to Ben Volin asking if there was a timetable for Rob Gronkowski’s return.

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Can we just rename the Arbella Early Edition  to Arbella #HotSportzTakes?

A sampling their Gary Tanguay-led “content”:

Is CSNNE running a counter of how many days VINCE WILFORK IS BEING HELD HOSTAGE????

Is it that hard for anyone, particularly an NFL “Insider” like Mike Florio to at least point out that the reason Bill Belichick doesn’t pose in the coaches picture is that he isn’t part of the coaches union? Or is it just easier to say it’s part of his responsibilities and that he should do it?

Damn those Red Sox beat writers. Always so positive! They’re practically cheerleaders! They act as if the team just won the World Series! This David Ortiz guy…useless piece of you-know-what…you’d think the guy just batted .688 in that World Series or something.

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If you happened to miss it, Gerry Callahan and Kirk Minihane had dueling columns on the Jerry Remy topic.

Rajon Rondo is going to spend the first quarter of Monday night’s Celtics/Bulls game at the broadcast table with Mike Gorman. His goal? He wants to be  just like Tommy Heinsohn. It will be the second game of a back-to-back so the point guard will not be playing, thus his availability for the gig. Cedric Maxwell will do the rest of the game. Danny Ainge and Chris Herren will work with Gorman for the April 9th game against the Hawks and the April 14th game against the Sixers. Herren will work with Gorman on April 12th in Cleveland.

Gerry Callahan: Previous Remy Victims Are Culpable in Death of Jennifer Martel

As you might imagine, yesterday’s front page story in the Boston Globe about the history of Jared Remy is the biggest topic on the radio this morning.

I’ve said this before, but I just don’t see how keeping Jerry Remy on the NESN telecasts is in any way a good idea. Why is he still doing it?

Remy himself has said he doesn’t have a lot of money. Speculation, but based on that article, I’d bet a good chunk of his income over the last decade has gone to Jared’s legal fees.

On WEEI this morning, the ever-sensitive Gerry Callahan actually had the gall to say that Remy’s previous victims were “culpable” in the death of Jennifer Martel. He insisted that despite a history of the court system letting Jared Remy right back out onto the streets, that they should’ve risked their lives and testified against him.

To their credit, Kirk Minihane and John Dennis immediately stepped back from this statement. Callahan though, insisted.  From his twitter feed, he appears proud of his stand, retweeting someone who said he’d never come across worse than today.

I mistakenly tweeted yesterday that Jerry Remy was taking the weekend off and that now we knew why.  I was confused – it was two upcoming games that he’s going to miss – and Remy was in the booth as usual yesterday. I remain amazed that this is the case.

I’m glad that the Globe wrote this story, but it still seems to me that they handled Jerry Remy with kid gloves throughout it. He is not directly indicted for his responsibility in what Jared turned out to be. What it does however, is allow the reader to connect the dots and realize how much he had actually enabled his son by continually bailing him out and paying his legal fees.

Will NESN viewers find Remy’s continued presence distasteful? It seems clear by this point that Remy is not going to leave on his own. He will be on the broadcasts unless he is removed or convinced to resign.

Either way, this is not going to get any more palatable.

Elsewhere:

Case closed: Red Sox fans not obligated to pay for Jared Remy’s defense – I wish this guy wasn’t nicknamed “Obnoxious Boston Fan” because many times, he’s right on the money. Like today.  Jenny Dell is gone from Red Sox broadcasts for her “transgressions”, but Remy remains?

Is Jerry Remy’s broadcasting career finally over? – Dan Kennedy also weighs in on Remy’s future.

Additionally – Jared’s employment at Fenway Park while mentioned, seems somewhat glossed over in all of this.

He soon materialized as a security guard at Fenway Park, three other guards recalled. Instead of assigning him to crowd control at games, the Red Sox placed Remy on quiet day shifts, signing for packages and checking bags of fans touring the ballpark.

By the time the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, Remy had amassed 15 criminal cases and at least nine speeding tickets and five accidents, according to state Registry of Motor Vehicles records. Still, that February, he was assigned to escort the new World Series trophy to the Berkshires for an appearance. He got pulled over doing 92 on the Pike, according to RMV records.

After another beating incident, where Jared actually spent 81 days in jail before the prosecutor decided to give him probation on the plea agreement, we read:

When he got out in January 2006, Remy’s Fenway job would be waiting for him. And it would lead him to the woman he is accused of killing.

He worked for at Fenway for two more years:

As he was about to become a father for the second time, Jared Remy got snared in 2008 in a Major League Baseball steroid investigation that would cost him his job. Aggrieved, he spoke at length at the time with the Globe Spotlight Team.

So with the rapsheet he had, and the things he did while employed there, he only lost his job after a steroid probe. Was anyone at with the Red Sox asked for comment about this? Especially considering the Red Sox and the Globe are owned by the same person. (For once, not mentioned in a column.)