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Red Sox Honor Jerry Remy in Press Box Prior to Home Opener

Roses and commemorative patches with Remy's #2 on them were displayed in the press box before Friday's game against the Twins

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The Boston Red Sox are paying tribute to longtime broadcaster Jerry Remy ahead of Friday's home opener.

Roses and commemorative patches with Remy's #2 on them were displayed in the press box at Fenway Park before Friday's game against the Twins.

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Remy, who also played and coached for the Red Sox, died Oct. 30, 2021, at the age of 68 after a long battle with lung cancer.

He was a former smoker who had a yearslong battle with lung cancer, including surgery for the disease in November 2008. His struggle with the illness was well known to baseball fans. Support from Red Sox fans helped him as he underwent years of treatments for the disease, he told reporters in 2018.

Players will wear a season-long commemorative patch in his honor, and the team is planning to celebrate his life and career with a pregame ceremony before the April 20 home game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: Flowers are displayed in the press box in memory of former Boston Red Sox second baseman and NESN broadcaster Jerry Remy before the 2022 Opening Day game against the Minnesota Twins on April 15, 2022 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: Patches are displayed in the press box in memory of former Boston Red Sox second baseman and NESN broadcaster Jerry Remy before the 2022 Opening Day game against the Minnesota Twins on April 15, 2022 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Remy spent 10 seasons in the majors — the first three with the California Angels and the last seven with Boston — before retiring after the Red Sox released him on Dec. 10, 1985. Remy hit .275 with seven homers and 329 RBIs in 1,154 games.

But it was as a Red Sox announcer, a job he began in 1988, that he captured the hearts of fans. Combining sharp analysis and a sense of humor that sometimes led to long, on-air bouts of laughter involving him and former Boston play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo, Remy gained a legion of listeners.

Raul Martinez took a look at the Red Sox "by the numbers" ahead of Friday's home opener.

Remy “left an indelible mark on this club and on an entire nation of Red Sox fans,” Red Sox principal owner John Henry said after the broadcaster's death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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