Whether you're painting the outside corner or just coming straight in with a piece of cheese, Dennis Eckersley has been around baseball long enough to know the language. Eck pitched in the majors as a starter and closer for 24 seasons. In his great career, Dennis was named league MVP one time along with the Cy Youns Award in 1992. Eckersley retired in 1998 with the Boston Red Sox and was later inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Dennis Eckersley has made a return to Fenway Park to replace the beloved Jerry Remy in the broadcast booth while Remy is temporarily out battling cancer. The Eck has made his way into the hearts of Red Sox fans all over through his wit, his smart remarks, great analogies, spite for poor umpiring and all around approach to the game. Eck doesn't really think before he speaks in the booth. That's not to take a jab at him either. I think it's more sincere that way, he says what he means and means what he says, that's why we love having him here.
Not to take anything at all away from Jerry Remy, who has become synonymous with the Boston Red Sox, but if anyone were to replace him, I'm glad that Eck has been one to fill the spot. We all are still wishing for a successful recovery for the RemDawg and will continue to do so. Hey, maybe when he comes back fully recovered, the Red Sox can have three guys in the booth, all playing off one another. That would be great.
Thanks to BWC for the picture of the Eck sign at Fenway Park.