Red Sox fans support fired NESN broadcaster Don Orsillo at Fenway

Tuesday September 1st, 2015

Boston Red Sox fans demonstrated their support for fired NESN broadcaster Don Orsillo on Monday, his first day back at Fenway Park since the firing last Wednesday.

Members of the Fenway faithful held signs and gave out fliers as fellow fans filed into the stadium before Boston's Monday night game against the New York Yankees.

According to , Fenway workers were ordered to confiscate the signs that supported Orsillo from fans at the ballpark's entrance.

NESN moved its Monday pregame show from its usual spot outside Fenway Park on Yawkey Way to a location inside the stadium near the Red Sox dugout, in an effort to avoid possible embarrassment on live television.

The Globe also reported that before the first pitch was thrown Monday, an online petition had been signed by more than 50,000 fans to keep Orsillo in the booth.

Orsillo, who first began broadcasting Red Sox games on NESN in 2001, was informed Wednesday that he would be replaced by Dave O'Brien, a current member of Boston's radio broadcast team, at the end of the season.

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On Saturday, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said the change was made to “re-energize” future broadcasts.

The 46-year-old Orsillo was behind the microphone for Boston's World Series-winning seasons in 2004, '07 and '13. He became the team's full-time play-by-play announcer in 2005.

- Kayla Lombardo

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