Finn: ‘I got lucky, man’: Dennis Eckersley on surviving his tough times

From Chad Finn at the Boston Globe on July 16, 2019:

Twenty-one years have passed since Dennis Eckersley last threw a pitch in a Major League Baseball game. He’s 64 now, and his mustache is gray, but his hair — or as he calls it, his “moss” — is still long, and he looks much the same as he did when he arrived in Boston in 1978 as a brash, gifted 23-year-old hiding a heart shattered to pieces. At this moment, the Green Monster lurks over his right shoulder, just as it did during those pressure-packed years of pitching as a home and visiting player at Fenway Park during his 24-year Hall of Fame career.

But now he’s not on the pitching mound. He’s high above it in the NESN booth behind home plate, where three hours before game time Eckersley, whose cool-guy charisma, genuine enthusiasm, and candid authenticity have made him a popular and respected color analyst on Red Sox broadcasts, is percolating nervous energy as he prepares to record that night’s introduction.

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Originally published: July 18, 2019. Last Updated: July 18, 2019.