Jerry Remy probably thought he’d seen everything after 25 years of broadcasting Boston Red Sox games for NESN, but then his tooth fell out while he was on the air.
The 61-year-old color commentator and former pro player’s first instinct was to hold the tooth up for the cameras and giggle like a little school boy. In fact, the clip shows the two of them joking about the dental disaster for over five minutes.
“This is a first. You’ve lost a lot during games, but you’ve never lost a tooth,” said his stunned commentating partner, Don Orsillo. “There it is. There’s Jerry’s tooth, you don’t see that every day.”
Eventually Remy got it in his head that his best course of action would be to re-install the tooth right there in the broadcasting booth.
“I’d just go with it,” Orsillo added, assuring his partner that he’d be perfectly fine. “You’ll have those summer teeth — summer there, some ain’t.”
Finally the half-inning ended and NESN mercifully cut away to commercial, but not before cameras caught Orsillo attempting to reattach Remy’s tooth with tape.
During their thoroughly enjoyable interlude, Chicago Cubs third baseman Mike Olt hit a barely acknowledged two-run homer. The Cubs would go on to destroy the Red Sox, 16-9.