Remy is more than a mere baseball analyst. He has become a multimedia idol. He currently does a weekly stint on Sportsradio 850 WEEI's "Dennis and Callahan Morning Show" and was a regular guest on McDonough's now-defunct AM 1510 radio show.
"Once a week is the talk radio limit for me," says Remy, "I find four hours to be very long. A baseball game can run four hours, but there are different things happening."
While radio may not be a favorite for Remy, the Internet clearly is. Go to Yahoo.com and search "Jerry Remy." You will find more than 17,000 related links. Specifically, Remy has created his own Web site, www.TheRemyReport.com, featuring opinion, information and Rem Dawg merchandise.
The Rem Dawg nickname and persona is a direct result of Remy's on-air antics. His ongoing routines with the Wally the Green Monster mascot have turned Remy into somewhat of a broadcasting icon.
Recently, Remy donned an Eminem bandana and told viewers that he was heading to the pop star's concert following the game. Remy flubbed an on-air sponsor advertisement, instead reading the Red Sox' disclaimer.
Remy adeptly and humorously admitted to his mistake and re-read the script correctly. It's this type of quick-witted performance that has created the media phenomenon.
Remy has benefited from success in more than just popularity. This past off-season, he signed a four-year deal to call Red Sox games on both NESN and WBZ/UPN38. "I never lost any sleep over a new deal, but with new ownership, you never know," he says. "Both stations have treated me very well, but a contract involving different stations can be complicated."
He says that this year's Red Sox can do the same, "This is a very exciting team. I don't think they necessarily need to make any more moves, but they will probably try to further upgrade the pitching. Barring injury, I see a lot of good stuff upcoming."
The same might be said for the unlikely media legend known as Jerry Remy.
Excerpt from an Article published 7/31/2003 in John Molori's Media Blitz column in The Eagle-Tribune. Copyright © 2003 Eagle-Tribune Publishing.