The Boston Red Sox will honor former player and beloved broadcaster Jerry Remy with a commemorative patch on their uniforms this season. The black circular patch will have “Remy” in red letters and his No. 2 and be on the right sleeve of the Red Sox jerseys.
Boston will wear the commemorative Remy patch on its uniforms for 161 of its 162 games this season. The only day it won’t be on the jersey is April 15, when a No. 42 is on all Major League Baseball uniforms for Jackie Robinson Day. As a result, the Red Sox won’t wear the Remy patch for their home opener versus the Minnesota Twins.
The Red Sox will also honor Remy with a pregame ceremony before their April 20 game with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Remy passed away last October at the age of 68, following repeated struggles during the past 13 years with lung cancer. He had undergone treatment seven times for the disease.
The “RemDawg” became a broadcaster for the team in 1988, calling color commentary for NESN telecasts. During his 33 years calling Red Sox games, Remy worked with several play-by-play partners including Ned Martin, Sean McDonough, Don Orsillo, and Dave O’Brien. He last worked in the NESN booth last August, before stepping away for treatment.
Seven of Remy’s 10 major-league seasons were played with the Red Sox. A second baseman, he compiled a .286 batting average, .668 OPS, 90 doubles, two home runs, and 211 runs batted in.
NESN announced that a one-hour tribute to Remy, Remembering Jerry, will air on the network April 6 at 8 p.m. ET. The special will feature stories of his playing and broadcasting careers from teammates, in addition to current and former NESN broadcasters. The network has also set up a website honoring Remy at NESN.com/RememberingJerry, where fans can share their favorite stories and memories of the legendary broadcaster.
According to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo, the last commemorative patch on the Red Sox uniforms were worn in 2021, to honor the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, and 2002, in honor of Ted Williams.
Sunday Night Baseball Viewership Up On ESPN
“Telecasts are averaging 1.73 million viewers.”
The first month of the 2022 MLB regular season has concluded and ESPN is celebrating an uptick in viewership for Sunday Night Baseball.
The network announced on Tuesday that viewership for Sunday Night Baseball is up 4% compared to this time last year. In addition to that, compared to the 2020 full season average, ratings are up 40%.
Telecasts are averaging 1.73 million viewers. The Dodgers/Cubs game on May 8 averaged 1.781 million and peaked at over 2.1 million viewers during the 8-8:15 p.m. window.
Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez and David Cone comprise the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast booth, with Buster Olney contributing reports.
Nickelodeon Gets Christmas Day NFL Game
“This will be the network’s first regular season game.”
The NFL’s Christmas triple header will include a little slime this year. The afternoon game between the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos will be simulcast on CBS and Nickelodeon.
Nickelodeon has ramped up its NFL presence each year since 2020. The network has aired a kid-friendly broadcast of a Wild Card Round playoff game each of the last two seasons. Last year’s tile between the 49ers and Cowboys drew an audience of 41 million.
Before the start of last season, the studio show NFL Slimetime debuted. This will be the network’s first regular season game.
Kickoff is set for 4:30 pm Eastern on Christmas Day. No details of what Nickelodeon’s coverage may include are available yet. Nate Burleson, Noah Eagle and Nickelodeon star Gabrielle Nevaeh Green have been on the call of the network’s previous NFL broadcasts.
Kentucky Derby Rebounds With 16 Million Viewers
“The Derby saw its best numbers since 2019 on Saturday. The audience peaked at 19 million.”
The Kentucky Derby has now eclipsed 15 million viewers in each of the last eight years that the event was not effected by the Covid-19 Pandemic. An average audience of 16 million tuned in Saturday to see longshot Rich Strike win the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.
The Derby saw its best numbers since 2019 on Saturday. The audience peaked at 19 million.
During the weekend, the event kept finding new life on social media. According to an NBC Sports press release, the overhead shot of the final call drew big audiences across a number of the network’s digital platforms, having been viewed in total more than 36 million times.
Peacock also cashed in on the event’s success. The streaming platform posted an average minute audience of over 247,000 viewers during the Kentucky Derby.