Deciding who calls Boston Red Sox games on TV is insignificant, morally, compared to the murder of a young child's mother. And what Jerry Remy does with his broadcasting career, or even the rest of his own life, must seem inconsequential considering that Remy's son, Jared Remy, is going on trial for the murder of Jennifer Martel.
But decide he must, at some point, what to do. It's awful and awkward, as columnist Dan Shaughnessy writes in the Boston Globe.
Remy, 61, has been a popular Boston broadcaster for decades — the most popular in the city, Shaughnessy says — and was a popular player with the Red Sox before his playing career ended in the early 1980s. He just happens to be a "private" person with a public job. He took himself off the air late in the 2013 season after Jared Remy was charged with Martel's murder, which left a 4-year-old girl without a mom or a dad — at least for now.
The Red Sox found others to fill in for Remy during the NESN broadcasts. Baseball teams can always find someone else to do the games. NESN wants Remy back and the network appears to have no qualms about it. But what about Remy? Imagining what he must be asking himself... it's not worse than murder, but it might be the next worst thing. Or next to the next.
• Will it seem insensitive to Martel's memory or her family if Remy goes on TV to call baseball games, where — after what would be an awkward start — he'll resume the witty banter with partner Don Orsillo, going on about the Red Sox as if nothing was happening back at home?
• If Remy chooses to support his son, and whatever that entails, can he do that and call Red Sox games?
• How involved is Remy in his granddaughter's life? Even if we assume heavily involved, how much time could Remy be spending with her if always working games?
• Can he even bring himself to face the Boston public at all, knowing all that we know? Remy didn't kill anyone, but will that even matter to him? Most fans would get over it — horrible as it sounds — and eventually wouldn't see Remy as a troubled father and grandfather, but as good ol' Jerry. But does Remy even want that?
• What possible good could Jerry Remy do anyone by staying away from the booth? Maybe none. But maybe he only wants to keep from doing harm.
Shaughnessy's column offers no answers, other than to say that a decision is coming soon. No matter what it is, it won't be easy — and it probably won't even feel like the right thing.
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