Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy, shown in 2009, when, presumably, he had more teeth. (Elise Amendola/Associated Press)

Analyst Jerry Remy and his NESN partner Don Orsillo were doing just another Red Sox broadcast Wednesday night when something odd happened. Well, for one thing, the Sox gave up the most runs they ever have in interleague play, in a 16-9 loss to the lowly Cubs. But even odder than that (after all, Boston is pretty lowly in its own right these days) was what happened during the fourth inning.

Remy lost a tooth. Or at least a cap for one, much to the amusement of Orsillo. “It just fell right out,” Remy said, during a discussion that went on for over five minutes, got increasingly wacky and all but disregarded the fact that Chicago’s Mike Olt was at the plate.

Orsillo and the NESN producers are to be commended for running with the impromptu bit, even going so far as to hand Orsillo carpentry tools with which to perform some mock dentistry. And, as it turned, that was likely by far the high point of the game for Red Sox fans.