Dave O’Brien will replace Don Orsillo as the play-by-play voice of the Red Sox on NESN next season, the network announced Tuesday evening.
“We are excited to have Dave, one of baseball’s preeminent announcers, join the NESN team next season,” NESN president Sean McGrail said in a statement.
Orsillo declined comment upon arrival at U.S. Cellular Field to call the game Tuesday. The affable veteran play-by-play voice has worked alongside Jerry Remy — and a parade of other analysts during times Remy has taken leave — on Red Sox broadcasts since 2001. Before that, the Smithfield resident spent five years as the play-by-play voice of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Orsillo is best known for his banter with Remy, a former player who tends to provide most of the baseball analysis on the broadcasts. The two have shared countless memorable moments in the booth, most of which have ended with the two breathless from giggling.
“For the last 15 years it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Don,” Remy said after the game Tuesday. “He’s been an outstanding partner for 15 years. I’m truly going to miss him on a work-related side, and I’m going to miss him on a personal side because he’s also become a very, very close friend of mine. I know that he’s going to land on his feet. He’s going to be in great shape. I’m sure they’re going to be lining up for his services. I really mean that. He’s terrific at what he does. He’s been absolutely fabulous to work with. I love him. He’s going to do just fine. I’m not worried about that part of it.”
“Don is an outstanding broadcaster, and we are grateful for all of his contributions to NESN’s telecast over the years,” McGrail said in a statement. “On behalf of everyone at NESN and the Boston Red Sox organization, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Don.”
O’Brien has been the play-by-play voice for three different Major League Baseball teams, and he has called games for ESPN since 2002. He has spent the last nine season alongside Joe Castiglione on WEEI.
“It’s kind of amazing how it all turned out,” O’Brien said. I didn’t anticipate that happening at all, so I’m kind of in a state of shock.”
Credit to the Providence Journal who originally published this article