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Lou Merloni: Don Orsillo Made Jerry Remy’s Night About Himself

“I love Donny O but he should’ve done what he did last night. Now we are talking about Don Orsillo being snubbed and we are not talking about the event you had for a guy everybody absolutely loves in Jerry Remy.”

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The Red Sox honored the late great Jerry Remy with a touching tribute Wednesday night at Fenway Park. Despite the club remembering Remy, who died in October of last year, a lot of fans were wondering why his longtime play-by-play partner at NESN, Don Orsillo, wasn’t in attendance.

After the Sox 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays, Orsillo, who is now working for the San Diego Padres, sent a message on Twitter claiming that franchise had offered him the opportunity to do a video message for Remy before being notified by the club and NESN that his video would not be needed anymore. He also attached a copy of a script that he planned to used.

Many folks in the media were trying to make sense of why the Red Sox excluded their former broadcaster, including Merloni and Fauria of WEEI who claim that it may have been a miscommunication between the two parties rather than the franchise not wanting Orsillo to have any part of the ceremony.

“It’s almost like the Red Sox did this on purpose because they don’t like Don Orsillo and it really wasn’t done that way at all. I think both sides made a mistake,” Lou Merloni said on-air Thursday. “I think the people that put the event together spent so much time, they were so close to the event itself and they felt like they had it nailed, this is what we’re doing. Then it was like, what about the video and they’re like hey, we aren’t doing those videos. They should’ve sent it and put it up in the second inning.”

While Merloni believes both parties are at fault, he wondered why Orsillo, despite his duties covering the Padres, wouldn’t just take a night off and come to Fenway to honor his friend while also taking issue with Orsillo turning Remy’s night into why he wasn’t in Boston.

“I do wonder, the Padres didn’t play today and I don’t know what Donny O has going on but I was surprised he didn’t take a night off and come to Fenway,” Merloni said. “I love Donny O but he should’ve done what he did last night. Now we are talking about Don Orsillo being snubbed and we are not talking about the event you had for a guy everybody absolutely loves in Jerry Remy. He should’ve sent a statement, he should’ve sent the video, he should’ve maybe came out on Monday and talked about being snubbed. I understand he’s not happy, but he should’ve waited.”

While some fans came to Orsillo’s defense, including former NESN sideline report Hedi Watney, others like current ACC Network director/producer and former NESN producer Russ Keen made it exactly known how he feels about Orsillo’s tweet.

Pam Keen, the club’s vice president of community, alumni and player relations explained the situation in a lengthy tweet, alleging the the franchise had no intent on leaving their former play-by-play man out of the ceremonies.

“Unfortunately, he didn’t come,” Kenn wrote. “As the ceremony was coming together and the pieces were falling into place, we thought video messages might not fit. In retrospect, maybe we should have had him record something to see where it could fall. As time ran out, we did not ask him for a video, and he didn’t record or send one. There was never any intent to leave him out of our tribute.”

After the event, the Sox went into a bit of damage control and had team president Sam Kennedy on The Greg Hill Show to explain the situation.

“At one point, there was discussion early on in the planning about doing some video tributes from people, but as we got into the planning, we pivoted to one all-encompassing — it was pretty moving and emotional video tribute that included his former colleagues and teammates, including Don, of course, and others,” Kennedy said, per WEEI.com. “I thought it was a really well-done video. In person, we had Tom Caron do the MC’ing, he did a great job, and Bob Stanley and Sean McDonough were able to be there in person, and they spoke live and did a great job, and represented the feelings I think we all had and have about Jerry.”

Remy died on Oct. 30, 2021, after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 68.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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