With Jerry Remy announcing Monday that he would return to the Boston Red Sox broadcast booth this year, many fans and media seem torn over the decision.
Remy has not worked a game since last August when his son Jared was charged with murdering his girlfriend Jennifer Martel, the mother of the couple's 5-year-old daughter. Jared Remy pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail. He is scheduled to go on trial in October.
During a meeting with reporters this week, Remy said, “I felt for a couple of months, for two or three months, that it was over... I don’t intend to be a quitter."
Remy also said he realizes the sensitivity of the issue, "I don’t in any way want to take away what [the Martel family] have had to deal with, what they have had to go through. It’s by far the worst day of my life, and obviously the worst day of their lives."
While Remy has many fans across Red Sox Nation, there are those that believe Remy should not come back. Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald wrote:
"To watch a Red Sox game on NESN this season, and to see and hear Remy engage in his famously upbeat and entertaining banter with play-by-play man Don Orsillo, it will be difficult not to think of that brutal murder... this is the sobering question that must be asked: What about the comfort zone of NESN viewers? If it’s true that watching a baseball game on television is supposed to be entertainment and escapism, how will it be possible to watch and listen to Remy this season without being constantly reminded of the nightmare that he, his wife Phoebe, their two other children, and, yes, the Martel family, are living?"