Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Don Orsillo's Leaving NESN

2015 is looking more and more like a changing of the guard for the Red Sox.

Larry Lucchino is leaving, Ben Cherington is departing, and John Farrell has temporarily left due to illness. And now, another long time Red Sox staple is going.

NESN and Don Orsillo are parting ways after this baseball season. The Dennis and Callahan Show reported this news early this morning. So far, no specific reason has been given for the move, as to whether this was NESN or Orsillo's doing.

Orsillo spent 15 years in the NESN booth, after doing Pawtucket Red Sox games. His first game in 2001 after replacing Sean McDonough was Hideo Nomo's no-hitter in Baltimore.

He and Jerry Remy still made watching the Red Sox games worth tuning in, despite the season turning into an utter crapfest early on. I'm betting that Don's next gig maybe a national baseball job, as he did playoff games on TBS over the last few years.

I wish Don well, and will remember one of his finer moments with NESN here, in April 2007:


Steel36 said...

Yes, we always have pizza!

If there is a good sign to this, it's that I saw, per "Deadspin" that Dave O'Brien would be the play by play guy on TV.

The Omnipotent Q said...

I like Dave O'Brien. Well-prepared and calls a good game. I like Don Orsillo a little more. O'Brien also has an ESPN gig, so we'll see how many games he calls on NESN next year.