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Jerry Remy and Dennis Eckersley reliving their trips to Studio 54 was incredible TV

Alex Reimer
September 11, 2017 - 10:46 am

It’s been a rough summer in the NESN broadcast booth without Jerry Remy. The network has been forced to rely on television novices such as Jarred Saltalamacchia and Lenny DiNardo, who primarily speak in banalities. Jonny Gomes has been standout star of the motley crew, albeit for comedic reasons. The motormouthed ex-outfielder defined the term “inherited runner” for everybody last month.

Mercifully, the broadcast experimentation might be coming to a close. Remy returned to NESN over the weekend, after undergoing chemotherapy in August. The beloved analyst was paired with Dennis Eckersley, creating perhaps the best booth in NESN history.

Remy and Eckersley breezily traded stories all weekend long, as the Red Sox and Rays played a series of uneventful games. The best exchange came in the middle of Boston’s 9-0 victory Saturday, when the two Red Sox Hall of Famers were recalling their visits to the famous nightclub, Studio 54, in the 1970s. 

“We got in because we played for the Red Sox, that’s the only reason we got in,” Remy said.

“You had to have almost a costume on to get in,” Eckersley added.

“Exactly. You wouldn’t get in. And once you get in, your eyes got, like, *this* big,” Remy responded, before Eck said he was in “hog heaven.”

Play-by-play man Dave O’Brien also played the role of puppeteer perfectly, eliciting Eck and Remy to share more. In fact, one could say the veteran announcer displayed more personality in that 90-second clip than during his entire NESN sting to date.

The Red Sox may be playing out the string in September, with a 3.5-game lead in the division and cadre of inferior opponents on the schedule. But if Remy and Eckersley share the booth with any frequency, the telecasts will be must-watch.

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