Dell dating Middlebrooks
Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks tweeted a photo of himself and NESN reporter Jenny Dell celebrating together on New Year’s Eve. The happy couple looked like they were having a good time, but the photo raised more than a few eyebrows around town since reporters typically don’t sleep with the people they cover.
The Globe posted a small item in its Names and Faces section reporting that Dell was living with Middlebrooks, which may explain why she is talking with Fox Sports 1 about a job that, as the Globe puts it, would allow her “to separate her work life and her personal life.” Some sports blogs said the relationship has been going on quite awhile.
Officials at NESN didn’t return the Globe’s phone calls about the Dell-Middlebrooks relationship, even though both media companies are owned all or in part by Red Sox owner John Henry. Perhaps NESN didn’t get back to the Globe because bigwigs there are too busy trying to decide what to do with Jerry Remy, the station’s color commentator for Red Sox games. Remy stepped down in mid-August after his son was arrested for killing his girlfriend, and it’s unclear whether he will return this coming season.
Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy reports that NESN has asked Remy to return, but Remy isn’t saying what he plans to do. Would joking with Don Orsillo during Red Sox broadcasts seem insensitive as his son goes on trial for murder? “It’s awful and awkward,” writes Shaughnessy.
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