**JERRY REMY FIGHTING LUNG CANCER**
Jerry Remy, the NESN baseball analyst and a beloved member of Red Sox Nation, has had a major setback in his battle with lung cancer. He IS the voice of the Boston Red Sox. Here is the latest from the Boston Globe...
"Jerry Remy, the voice of the Red Sox for more than 20 years, is fighting the aftereffects of lung cancer and will be out of the broadcast booth indefinitely. Remy underwent surgery late last year, NESN revealed yesterday, and has since battled an infection and pneumonia. He missed a portion of spring training with the pneumonia, which also sidelined him for the six games prior to last night’s announcement. Remy had been a longtime smoker.
“I want to focus on completing my recovery so that I can return to work without distractions or interruptions,” Remy said in a statement. “I hope that disclosing my bout with cancer will reinforce the dangers of smoking to every member of Red Sox Nation, especially children.”
Remy, 56, has clearly not been himself all season. Pale and gaunt when he arrived at spring training, he gamely tried to remain in the booth, but to no avail. On his Twitter site, Remy said he suffered his setback as he left for spring training. “In hindsight, it was a mistake to go and I am paying the price for it now,” he wrote. He added he’ll be back in time “to take the team all the way to the 2009 World Series.”
Jerry, we love you and we are praying for your complete recovery. Lung cancer is devastating news for anyone to digest. Jerry, we're all with you everyday in every way. See you soon, God willing. I'm so sad. Say a prayer, my Constant Readers. Thanks.
In less important news, the Sox lost to the Cleveland Indians Wednesday night by a score of 9-2. But you know what? WHO CARES? Last night, the Fenway Park shadows seemed darker, evil and more foreboding. Take a minute and say a prayer for Jerry. Sometimes grim news turns into happiness, sadness to euphoria. I hope that's the case with our Jerry. Lord, let it be. Click on the title of this post for more.