I guess it’s official now. After reports surfaced this week that Heidi Watney was finished at NESN after four seasons as Red Sox field reporter, we get this official statement from the New England Sports Network.
Statement from NESN President & CEO Sean McGrail:
“Heidi Watney will not be returning to NESN next year. She is pursuing other opportunities that would bring her closer to her family on the west coast. We respect Heidi’s decision and would like to thank her for everything that she has brought to NESN over the past 4 years and wish her the very best.”
Whenever networks make statements like these, they’re always terse, contain “pursue other opportunities” and end with “we wish him/her well.” Translation, “we didn’t pick up his/her contract and have someone else in mind for the position,” but they can’t say that.
Best of luck to Heidi. She had a fan here and will be missed on this end. I hope she continues to do well in SoCal with the Los Angeles Lakers and Time Warner Cable.