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Boston Red Sox Honoring Late Broadcaster Jerry Remy With Commemorative Patch

Remy will also be honored with a pregame ceremony before the Red Sox’s April 20 game with the Toronto Blue Jays

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The Boston Red Sox will honor former player and beloved broadcaster Jerry Remy with a commemorative patch on their uniforms this season. The black circular patch will have “Remy” in red letters and his No. 2 and be on the right sleeve of the Red Sox jerseys.

Boston will wear the commemorative Remy patch on its uniforms for 161 of its 162 games this season. The only day it won’t be on the jersey is April 15, when a No. 42 is on all Major League Baseball uniforms for Jackie Robinson Day. As a result, the Red Sox won’t wear the Remy patch for their home opener versus the Minnesota Twins.

The Red Sox will also honor Remy with a pregame ceremony before their April 20 game with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Remy passed away last October at the age of 68, following repeated struggles during the past 13 years with lung cancer. He had undergone treatment seven times for the disease.

The “RemDawg” became a broadcaster for the team in 1988, calling color commentary for NESN telecasts. During his 33 years calling Red Sox games, Remy worked with several play-by-play partners including Ned Martin, Sean McDonough, Don Orsillo, and Dave O’Brien. He last worked in the NESN booth last August, before stepping away for treatment.

Seven of Remy’s 10 major-league seasons were played with the Red Sox. A second baseman, he compiled a .286 batting average, .668 OPS, 90 doubles, two home runs, and 211 runs batted in.

NESN announced that a one-hour tribute to Remy, Remembering Jerry, will air on the network April 6 at 8 p.m. ET. The special will feature stories of his playing and broadcasting careers from teammates, in addition to current and former NESN broadcasters. The network has also set up a website honoring Remy at NESN.com/RememberingJerry, where fans can share their favorite stories and memories of the legendary broadcaster.

According to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo, the last commemorative patch on the Red Sox uniforms were worn in 2021, to honor the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, and 2002, in honor of Ted Williams.

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Al Michaels: Condensed Prep Time For Thursday Night Football ‘A Downside’

“It’s not that they don’t want to be with us, but they’re condensed too, so there’s less time to give to us.”

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There were bound to be unexpected hiccups and unintended consequences as Al Michaels moved to Thursday Night Football with Amazon Prime Video.

He told The Boston Globe Thursday that one of the downsides of the week’s schedule is less prep time with the teams playing in the game.

“When we go to see the teams, it’s not that they don’t want to be with us, but they’re condensed too, so there’s less time to give to us,” Michaels said. “And all the time I’ve been doing this, I’ve built some great relationships with coaches and players and GMs and owners and you name it, and I don’t get that much time to spend with them anymore. That’s a downside part of it for me. Some of the best stories you get come from those relationships.”

Michaels has raised eyebrows this season while not being shy about his disdain for some poor matchups early in the schedule. However, he now understands that there are quality games as the season approaches its close.

“The schedule was a little leaky with the Carolina-Atlanta game and a couple of other games that we’ve had, but now we’re positioned for a nice run down the stretch,” said Michaels.

The 78-year-old was also asked how he remains energetic and passionate for the job he’s held for so long.

The games are exciting. I love sports. You don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s no script. And unscripted television is the greatest.”

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Jimmy Pitaro: Reaching Younger Audience A Priority for ESPN

“The thing that keeps me up at night is how do we reach the younger audience. As an industry in general, we need to figure out how to be more relevant to younger people.”

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Many in the media industry have voice concern that millennials and Gen Z aren’t consuming traditional media outlets like previous generations. ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said it’s a priority for the network.

“The thing that keeps me up at night is how do we reach the younger audience,” Pitaro said, quoted by Morning Consult sports business reporter Mark J. Burns. “As an industry in general, we need to figure out how to be more relevant to younger people.”

Pitaro made the comments at Sports Business Journal’s Media Innovators conference Wednesday. It is a continuation of comments he has made in recent years.

In 2018, Pitaro said at ESPN’s upfront “I think we are doing a fantastic job serving the sports fanatic,” said Pitaro. “What about the casual sports customer? Are we doing all we can to serve him or her?”.

In 2019, Pitaro said it was “all hands on deck” to reach a younger audience and women. “We have to be open and go to where our customers are,” he said in regards to reaching younger viewers on social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok.

Earlier this year, Pitaro added that ESPN won’t be leaving linear television anytime soon.

“What I will tell you is that as I sit here right now, that business is still incredible,” Pitaro said. “We serve the sports fan anyway and at any time. I know there are a lot of people that still want ESPN in that traditional ecosystem.”

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Don Mattingly Joining Blue Jays Staff After YES Network Courtship

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

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The New York Yankees regional sports network can take Don Mattingly off its talent wish list. Mattingly was announced Wednesday as a bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays starting in 2023.

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

But Mattingly told Andrew Marchand of The New York Post this week that he had another opportunity in the works but wouldn’t elaborate.

YES also has been considering luring Yankees legend and Hall of Famer Derek Jeter into broadcasting. But no formal talks have taken place.

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