I’m not ashamed of anything. People deal with cancer all the time with depression. I’m not embarrassed by that. If there’s any way I can help anybody, you know, what the hell? (Remyspeak. Jerry Remy to WCVB, Boston.)
Jerry Remy showed up at Fenway Park Wednesday night. It made him feel better, and it made his fans feel better, too.
When someone who’s been treated for lung cancer drops out of sight for an extended period of time, you fear the worst. But it turns out it wasn’t physical illness, but mental illness, depression, that has kept him out of the broadcast booth.
Throw in his son‘s very public involvement with steroids, and it’s been a hellish year for a guy who’s become a cult figure in Red Sox Nation.
Earlier this year, this in-depth profile of Remy appeared in the Boston Globe Sunday magazine. It was published before he revealed his lung cancer treatment, and apparently just as depression was starting to darken his world.
It uncovered a shy, very private man. A man who bears little resemblance to the popular “RemDawg.” That’s what makes his revelation that he’s battling depression all the more impressive and courageous.
I hope he’s back in the booth with Don Orsillo soon. But not until he’s good and ready.