Live TV. There’s Nothing Like It.

Orsillo and Remy

Perhaps I’m partisan, but I really enjoy Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy on NESN’s Red Sox games.

Orsillo is a superior play-by-play man who could work anywhere.  Remy‘s the townie you want to have a beer with, except that he put in a decade playing a pretty good second base for the Angels and Sox.

And they can get the uncontrollable giggles.  Like the other night at Fenway.

Uncontrollable laughter on the air is a combination of pain and pleasure.  You see it, you feel it, you try to stop it, but you can’t. 

It starts in the pit of your stomach and works its way up, like a slow train comin.’  By the time your throat tightens and your cheekbones start to rise, you’re a goner.  All you can do is let it out and pray you don’t incur the wrath of the management gods.

And yes, it feels so good.


About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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9 Responses to Live TV. There’s Nothing Like It.

  1. Wendy says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more! It’s the best!

  2. I love these guys, you can tell they have such fun in the booth. That was the second funniest one I’ve seen the other the pizza incident on Patriots Day a few years back.

  3. Gerry – They are the best. A couple of years ago the Sox were in KC. They came out of a commercial break showing folks in the stands at (Kaufman) Royals Stadium wearing Red Sox gear. Orsillo commented that Red Sox gear was everywhere. Remy then spotted a guy at the end of the row with a Red Sox shirt and a VERY bad wig, and said, “Hey, he’s got a pretty good rug going…” Those were the last words spoken for a half inning!

  4. Mary says:

    I LOVE Don and Remy. I’ve always been a Redsox fan, but what they add to a broadcast is magic, those two are so genuine, no one comes close to matching them in the booth.

  5. Bob's Box says:

    Sometimes MLB Network when a Sox game is on airs the NESN feed. Don’t know if that was the game. But sometimes on the YES games, there won’t be uncontrolled giggles from Michael Kay. All he has to do is speak a topic to his many and varied color guys and it could result in laughs, not giggling spells where you lose control.

    By the by I must confess as I have the 2007 Red Sox NESN DVD and one of the extras is that pizza moment where Orsillo loses it. I NEVER LAUGHED AT SOMETHING SO LOUD IN MY LIFE.

    The funniest moment I can recall from NY sports was a Mets game in 1993. They were in Miami against the Marlins. Take a downpour of a storm, an inept grounds crew, a tarp that just wouldn’t, add Tim McCarver’s guffaws…and you have mirth and mayhem.

    And on Yankees ‘casts on WPIX 11…you never knew what Scooter would do next or who would be the foil in jokes…sometimes it’s Rizzutto himself.

    Now as far as the guy who copped a feel at 0:20–I wonder if he got some later on…JUST SAYIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. pete says:

    one of these days i’m gonna upload my copy of the blooper reel…

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