Early life and careerEdit
Orsillo was born in Melrose, Massachusetts where he often dreamed of being a broadcaster for the Red Sox. He moved to and grew up in Madison, New Hampshire, during childhood Orsillo was educated at John H Fuller Elementary School. At the age of 12 he attended Kennett Middle School (New Hampshire) in nearby Conway.
Before doing Major League Baseball games, he worked in the minor leagues announcing Pawtucket Red Sox games on the radio from (1996-2000), having previously done games for some of the New York Mets minor league affiliates. Don started with the Pittsfield Mets of the New York Penn League for the 1991 and 1992 season and then moved up within the organization.
Boston Red SoxEdit
He has been NESN's play-by-play man since the beginning of the 2001 season (his first game included a no-hitter thrown by then Red Sox pitcher Hideo Nomo against the Baltimore Orioles). He also called Cal Ripken Jr.'s final game, as well as the no-hitters thrown by young Sox pitchers Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester in 2007 and 2008, respectively.
Orsillo works with color commentator and former Red Sox second baseman Jerry Remy. He is sometimes referred to by fans as "announcer boy," after he was given that nickname by Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield in a NESN commercial.
Other announcing dutiesEdit
In addition to his Red Sox duties, Orsillo has called the Beanpot hockey tournanment and Boston College men's basketball on NESN. He is also the play by play announcer for Providence College men's basketball on Cox.
Orsillo was tapped by TBS to work the 2007 and 2008 playoffs.
He currently lives in Smithfield, Rhode Island with his wife, Lisa, and their two daughters, Sydney and Madison.