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Jerry Remy latest sports figure to speak out about mental health

Alex Reimer
March 09, 2018 - 12:55 pm

Talking about mental health remains the third rail for many folks, especially those in the professional sports world. But that’s changing, thanks to the recent outspokenness of NBA stars Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan, both of whom have shared stories about their anxiety and depression. 

Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, whose battles with depression have kept him out of the NESN booth in previous years, is the latest sports figure to speak openly about the topic.

“As soon as you wake up you want to go back to sleep,” he told the Herald’s Joe Fitzgerald. “And you’re almost afraid to go to bed at night because you don’t want to wake up feeling the same way in the morning. Nothing interests you. You don’t want to do anything. You don’t want to leave the house or drive the car; all you want to do is nothing.”

Last year, Remy spent the bulk of last year battling depression and lung cancer. He was first diagnosed with cancer in 2009. Though Remy called the early portion of the Red Sox’ schedule in 2017, he underwent surgery in June. 

This year, Remy plans to be in the booth on Opening Day and call 115 games. He was candid about his fifth cancer relapse in an interview on the ‘Bradfo Sho’ this week, in which he spoke about his inability to watch games he’s not calling.

“I don’t watch them. I can’t do it,” Remy said. “It’s too tough for me to do. I feel like, if I’m supposed to be there doing the games, I can’t watch them.”

Remy’s opinion on Red Sox-related matters is important. But his willingness to talk about mental  health might wind up being his most indelible legacy. 

Bradfo Sho, Ep. 65: The Jerry Remy interview

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