Legendary Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy reportedly dies after long cancer fight

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Jerry Remy, the man who soundtracked decades of summers for Boston Red Sox fans, has reportedly died at 68. Remy, a longtime Red Sox broadcaster and former baseball player, was being treated for lung cancer.

Remy was a player before he was a broadcaster. The second baseman spent the first three years of his career with the then-California Angels, then would play for the Red Sox for the next seven years, ending his career in Boston in 1984.

Four years later, Remy was hired by NESN, starting a decades-long career as the voice of the Red Sox, a career that would lead to his induction in the Red Sox Hall of Fame as both a player and a broadcaster. He had many legendary calls, but his narration of a fan getting pizza thrown at him epitomizes why many fans loved him. 

Remy, who'd survived multiple other bouts with cancer, hadn't been broadcasting with the team since August, when he took a leave of absence to receive cancer treatment. The Red Sox paid tribute to him just a few weeks ago, when he threw out the first pitch at the American League wild-card game against the New York Yankees on Oct. 5. He tossed the pitch to Dennis Eckersley, his former Red Sox teammate and broadcast partner. 

Many pay tribute to Remy

For baseball fans, broadcasters are the constant from year to year. The team on the field may change, stars may get traded and coaches may get fired. But no matter what, when you tune in, you know you're going to hear that familiar voice, the same voice you heard when you were a kid or in college or rocking your newborn to sleep. 

That's who Remy was for Red Sox fans. The voice that guided them through the ups and downs. When news of his death began to spread, tributes began pouring in from fans, former players and broadcasters.

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