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We’ll miss Jerry Remy but we understand

The two Jerrys. Jerry Remy and my husband Jerry in a Chicago elevator.

The two Jerrys. Jerry Remy and my husband Jerry in a Chicago elevator.

Beloved Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy has announced he will not return to the broadcasting booth for the rest of the season. It’s a sad turn of events for Sox fans who love what Jerry brings to the game. Let’s hope he comes back next year.

Jerry Remy is not only the the president of Red Sox Nation, the team’s official fan group, but he is the face of the Boston Red Sox. A former Red Sox player with an undeniable workingman’s Boston accent (You can tell he’s from the Fall River area) his baseball knowledge is deep plus his banter with partner Don Orsillo during the Sox games is priceless.

Right now he is undergoing a heartbreaking scenario. On Aug. 15, his son Jared was charged with murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend Jennifer Martel. The couple had a four-year old daughter. After Jared’s arrest, Jerry took a leave of absence from his duties in the Red Sox booth.

Last night, he made it official he’s sitting out the rest of the season.

“I am full of grief for the Martel family,” Remy said in the statement. “My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to them. My wife and I are sick about this senseless tragedy. It’s clear this isn’t the time for me to return to broadcasting Red Sox games. It’s my hope that I can do so in the spring. I thank the Red Sox and NESN for their support through this nightmare.”

Jared has a history of violence. According to published reports, he’s had 15 criminal complaints since 1998. The accusations range from assault and battery with a dangerous weapon to possession of a hypodermic needle. Four of the assault and battery complaints involved women. Records also show two restraining orders had been taken out against him, according to myfoxboston.com.

What can you do and what can you say when your child is accused of a heinous crime? There is a lot of parental guilt you carry. You think you did something that makes your child do bad things. You think you are to blame for being a “bad parent.”

The truth is, as parents we can only go so far. We make mistakes, but we can’t run another person’s life. What Jared did was horrible. Justice, hopefully, will be served.

But no matter what the courts do, it will never take away the pain Jared has caused his family and his daughter.

Jerry, we’re with you through this time and we understand. Let’s hope Jared’s actions don’t forever dim the sparkling light you radiate.

In happier times, Jerry Remy was filmed doing his air guitar. Perhaps it’s an audition for Dancing with the Stars?

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