Jerry Remy is in his 23d season as the Red Sox’ color analyst on NESN. Yesterday, the popular broadcaster and the network made it clear that both sides are looking forward to many more.
NESN announced yesterday that it has agreed to a multi-year contract extension with the 57-year-old Remy, who has returned to the booth fulltime this season after missing three months last year while recuperating from the effects of lung cancer surgery he underwent in November 2008.
‘‘Let’s say I’ll be around a while,’’ said Remy yesterday afternoon from Oakland, when asked if he could confirm the length of the deal. ‘‘There will be a time where it all comes to an end, but I don’t know when that’s going to be. It’s not any time in the near future, that’s for sure.’’
Remy said the negotiation with NESN was just the way he wanted it: succinct and drama-free.
‘‘It took about 10 minutes to do the whole contract. We sat down at a table, had lunch, and that was it,’’ Remy said. ‘‘I couldn’t be more pleased with how it went. We actually talked about [an extension] last year, but when I got sick it sort of got put on the backburner. So really it was just a matter of time. We picked it up this year and rolled with it.’’
Viewers and fans might take the announcement of the long-term deal as further confirmation that he’s feeling like his old self. Remy, who took a leave of absence May 6 last season and did not return until August 23, said that’s the case, noting that he just had his six-month checkup and received a positive prognosis.
‘‘I’m feeling great,’’ Remy said. ‘‘Compared to what I felt like at this time last year, it’s miles of difference. Miles of difference.’’
Remy said his perspective has been altered a bit after all he has gone through, but the job remains appealing.
‘‘I think I appreciate things a little more, every day that I have,’’ Remy said. ‘‘I was very fortunate with the cancer and how it came out. It came out well for me, but it was a little bit of a wakeup call for you. I think I appreciate what I do a little bit more, and that’s certainly the case with everything in my life.
‘‘But I know I’m fortunate to have the job I have. It’s funny, I was a little anxious going to spring training to get started again, but once I got there it was like I never left.’’
A Somerset native who played second base for the Red Sox from 1978-84, Remy joined NESN as the color analyst alongside legendary play-by-play voice Ned Martin in 1988. For the past 10 years, the four-time New England Emmy Award winner has been partnered with Don Orsillo.
‘‘Jerry is a fixture in New England who continues to be one of the most popular announcers in all of baseball,” said NESN president and CEO Sean McGrail in a statement. “His commitment to NESN and the team has been exemplary and we are thrilled to continue our relationship for years to come.’’
The timing of yesterday’s announcement coincides with an impending milestone in Remy’s career. He will broadcast his 3,000th Red Sox game Sunday.
‘‘I didn’t realize that. I knew it was a lot of games, but I didn’t realize that,’’ he said.
So does it feel like that many?
‘‘Sometimes,’’ said Remy with a laugh. ‘‘After games like Tuesday’s [a 5-4 loss to the A’s in which the Sox blew a 4-0 lead], it feels like more than 3,000. Honestly, I’m grateful to have done every one of them.’’