Dennis Eckersley fights back tears discussing upcoming retirement from Red Sox booth

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Dennis Eckersley announced Monday this will be his final season calling games for the Boston Red Sox on NESN, capping 20 years in the broadcast booth and 50 in Major League Baseball.

Prior to Tuesday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, Eckersley spoke about his decision to call it a career and could not help but get a bit choked up about it.

“I’m going to try so hard to enjoy it,” Eckersley said as he fought back tears. “Because it’s a big part of my life.”

Eckersley, a Hall of Fame pitcher who had two stints with the Red Sox in his career, began doing studio work and calling games for NESN in 2003. He has been a staple of its TV coverage for the last two-plus decades.

Eckersley’s career spanned 24 years, beginning in 1975 with Cleveland, who drafted him 50 years ago in 1972.

There is less than two months left in Boston’s season, which has fallen apart the last six weeks or so, but a farewell to Eckersley will surely be a memorable and emotional storyline over the remaining weeks of the Red Sox season.

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