Although most of my attention was focused on the Angels-Rangers game, I did check into the Red Sox-Indians to hear Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy broadcast together for the last time.
After Mookie Betts grounded out for the final out of the game (the Sox lost 3-1), the Red Sox came out of the dugout en masse to salute Orsillo who replied by putting his hand over his heart. He signed off by saying, “Don Orsillo rounding third and heading home.” Meanwhile, RemDawg was too choked up to speak.
I don’t understand why the Red Sox saw fit to break up RemDawg and Orsillo. Yes, the ratings were down. That’s because the team sucked for most of the year. That’s not the announcing team’s fault. If anything, they made things bearable. They focused on the game, but gave us some laughs and put some smiles on our faces. What’s wrong with that?
Although Remy wasn’t fired, his future is up in the air. We know that Dave O’Brien will move from the radio to the TV booth. Rumor has it that his ESPN colleague Rick Sutcliffe will join him. I like O’Brien and Sutcliffe, but it would remove the game’s New England feel notwithstanding the fact O’Brien is from Connecticut. If the Red Sox are wise they will leave Jerry Remy alone.
At least Don Orsillo has landed on his feet. He will join Dick Enberg in the San Diego Padres broadcast booth next year and then be their main announcer when Enberg retires after the 2016 season. If you have to be fired from your job, San Diego is a pretty nice place to land.
I think things will be a lot better in Red Sox Nation next year, but it won’t be the same without Orsillo.
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