BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Red Sox legend both on and off the field will bid farewell to the team Wednesday.
Dennis Eckersley, who announced his plans to retire back in August, will be on the call on NESN for a Red Sox game for the final time Wednesday as the Red Sox close out the season against the Tampa Bay Rays. During the broadcast Tuesday, Eckersley got emotional talking about how he felt at home in Boston even though he is from Oakland and went into the baseball hall of fame as an Oakland A.
"This is my home, I'm a Boston Red Sox," Eckersley said. "These people are good to me, they treat me with respect...when you go really appreciate where you've been. I'm a New Englander, I'm a Bostonian."
Former Red Sox broadcaster Don Orsillo, who worked with Eckersley for several years, tweeted a video congratulating and thanking Eckersley for all he did for him on and off the air.
"You are the most honest and sincere person I know," Orsillo said. "Your cantor sometimes is not always appreciated by the players but is always real and the truth."
Orsillo added that Eckersley is now a "fossil with educated cheese."
Eckersley has been calling games with the Red Sox on NESN since 2003. He said he wanted to retire to move back to the west coast and spend more time with his grandkids. The Red Sox face the Rays Wednesday afternoon at 4:10 p.m.
WBZ's Drew Moholland (@DrewWBZ) reports.