Jerry Remy Being Treated for Fourth Lung Cancer Relapse
By Nate Rollins 2/16/2017
Jerry Remy made a major announcement Monday. The former California Angels and Boston Red Sox second baseman reveled his lung cancer has returned for the fourth time.
Remy said he went for a CAT scan before Christmas and it found a spontaneous spot on his lung. A PET scan followed, and cancer lit up on the screen.
The Red Sox color analyst on NESN said the cancer is under control and he was it removed by a needle Feb. 6.
Remy was first diagnosed with the disease in 2008 and said depression set in after the news.
“I fought it for a long time. It’s an empty hole that you go into,” Remy said. “With what I’ve been through physically, there have been answers for it. With depression, it was horrible because you never felt like there was a way out.”
Remy has been on depression medication since then and in 2014 his son, Jared pleaded guilty to murdering his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel.
“I’m not going off it,” Remy said. “I’m going to be on it the rest of my life. I know I need it.”
Remy said he’s almost positive his cancer came about due to the first cigarette he picked up at the age of 16.
“I’m paying the price for it now,” Remy said.
In the wake of the news, support showered from people past of present affiliated with the Red Sox.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to one of my very best friends, Jerry Remy, as he battles through cancer,” Don Orsillo, who called Red Sox games with Remy from 2001-15 said on Twitter.
The Red Sox president of baseball operations had some kind words for Remy.
“You would travel in here as a visitor and know how well respected he is and how well thought of (he is) from a community and a baseball perspective because he’s been around so long,” Dave Dombrowski said. “I know the fans love him. The organization loves him. NESN loves him. Hopefully, he’s back with us soon.”
Left-handed pitcher David Price said Remy is always down at Spring Training well in advanced and is a fixture within the team.
“Myself and Jerry usually in there hanging out pretty often,” Price said. “He’s in there doing his lineup card and doing all his research on all the players we’re playing against. He’s definitely around a lot more than other commentators that I’ve ever been around.”
Remy agreed to a multiyear deal with NESN in January to return for his 30th season covering the Red Sox. He is scheduled to call a few exhibition games in late March but must undergo a follow-up CAT scan on March 1 before he can fly.