Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy waves as he is honored for his 30 years in the broadcast booth at Fenway Park, before a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Red Sox, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Boston. Credit: Steven Senne / AP

Timing is everything. I truly believe that. And Jerry Remy was the perfect guy at exactly the right moment in time.

I’m not referring to his playing career, although as a kid I do remember #2 at second base for the Sox.

What I mean is Remy’s time with NESN in the TV booth. He fit the role of color commentator for the Boston Red Sox to perfection just when we needed him.

All too often our announcers sound “from away.” Remy did not. He was from Massachusetts and at times sounded like he’s from New England. Fans loved it.

He was not some 6’3” great looking former All Star pitcher with a massive MLB ego. He looked like a guy you’d see in a Boston bar and have a drink with. Maybe two. Or three.

He obviously knew the ins and outs of the game, but when he became the “Rem Dawg“ it was during a time the Red Sox had unmatched popularity. After ’04, everything Red Sox just exploded.

Home games were sold out and Sox fans traveled like no other team. Jerry was perfect for this fanaticism. Hardcore fans liked him and he related to the more casual fans who jumped on the Sox bandwagon after ’04. He could entertain naturally and not talk over the heads of the “Pink Hats.”

He and Don Orsillo might as well have been related through blood. It’s a tandem that should never have been broken up by NESN. We all laughed along when those two would crack up and couldn’t stop.

Jerry wisely capitalized on his perfect timing with hot dog stands and Rem Dawg restaurants. Smart.

And it was very fitting that he threw out the first pitch against the New York Yankees in the one game wildcard that the Sox won. It was a goodbye.

I told a friend at the time I didn’t see him living to see another spring training. He had been through so much.

Remy’s TV career timing was perfect. The timing of his departure is way too soon.

Jeff Solari is the founder of the Maine Sports Chowdah, Maine’s only free weekly sports email newsletter. He has been in sports media since he was 17 and is not shy with his opinions or perspective on the world of sports. The longtime sports broadcaster is a graduate of Mount Desert Island High School and the University of Southern Maine. Previous gigs included WLBZ-TV and WCSH-TV, host of “The Shootaround” talk radio show on WZON and stints with “Downtown” and “The Drive.” Solari has won more than 15 Maine Association of Broadcasters and AP broadcaster awards.

Jeff Solari, Sports contributor

Jeff Solari is the president and founder of the Sports Chowdah, Maine’s only free, weekly sports email newsletter. Recently, the Mount Desert Island native was the co-host of "The Drive" on 92.9 FM in...