Red Sox fans have the perfect idea for a Jerry Remy tribute
Red Sox fans want Boston city to rename Jersey Street to Jerry Remy
The two-block section of Jersey Street that borders Fenway Park was known as the Yawkey Way from 1977 to 2018, when it joined the rest of Jersey Street.
Now Red Sox fans have an idea for a new name, the perfect tribute to a Red Sox legend.
Jerry Remy died on Saturday after a long battle with cancer that lasted nearly 14 years, almost half of his Red Sox television career. Fans want to rename these Jersey Street blocks to Jerry Remy Way. A petition is already circulating.
The idea of Boston baseball without Remy’s insight, humor, and heartfelt commentary is unimaginable because Remy was Boston Baseball. He didn’t have the batting power of Ted Williams or the prowess of David Ortiz in the playoffs, but in a way, Remy defined the Boston Red Sox more than anyone in franchise history.
Remy was born and raised in Massachusetts, a Red Sox fan since he was a child. As a teenager, he idolized players who would ultimately be his teammates, like Carl Yastrzemski.
Although Remy was drafted and made his debut for the then California Angels in 1975, he enjoyed his best seasons after being transferred to his hometown team after the 1977 season. He was an all-star player who stole 30 goals in his first season in Boston, and he scored 0.286 in 710 games in seven years in the Red Sox uniform.
Defensively, he ended his career with a defensive percentage of .981, and five times in his career he has finished in the Top-5 in that metric. His 3,241 career assists as a second baseman placed him 92nd in MLB history, and his 744 double-turned second-best players are 80th overall.
Every kid who grows up as a Red Sox fan dreams of playing for their favorite team, but Remy was one of the few who did. Ahead of his first season in Boston, he told the Boston Globe,
“I spent all these years living and dying with the Red Sox, and now I play for them.”
Years later, Remy said, “I cried the day they let me go,” referring to his release from the Sox after the 1985 season.
But Remy’s career in the Red Sox was only just beginning. Just a few years after his retirement (and after a brief stint as a coach in the Sox minor league system), Remy went from standing on Fenway’s Diamond to watching him from the broadcast booth. He spent more than three decades in the stand, until the middle of the 2021 season when his cancer returned.
Remy was in the booth for some of the biggest moments in franchise history, and they were made bigger by the way he analyzed and celebrated them. And he didn’t look stuffy or out of touch; between his Boston accent and his genuine love for the game, listening to it was like listening to a favorite uncle or grandfather talk about the Sox in your living room or at the local bar (“Bah”). He looked like any Sox fan, because in his heart, that is exactly what he was.
Remy will forever live in the heart of the Red Sox nation, but his name becoming a permanent and tangible part of the stadium he loved is the kind of tribute he deserves.
Boston has the Ted Williams tunnel. There is the David Ortiz Bridge, the David Ortiz Lane, and Gate 34 of Logan Airport is the David Ortiz Gate. At Fenway, the right field foul post is the Pesky Pole; the left pole is the Fisk pole. Something in Fenway should belong to Remy, as his heart has always belonged to him.