A sad week for the Yankees.
Earlier this week, Bob Sheppard, the long time Yankee P.A. announcer died.
Updated: Tue., Jul. 13, 2010, 2:50 AM
Bob Sheppard, 1910-2010
They called him the Voice of the Yankees, the Voice of Baseball -- even the Voice of God.
But Bob Sheppard, who died Sunday at 99 after nearly six decades as the public-address man at Yankee Stadium, always dismissed those compliments.
"I'm just a second-rate crooner," he told The Post's Steve Serby in 2008.
He wasn't, of course. He was the touchstone of PA announcers, the voice everyone else in the business tried to copy.
Sheppard insisted that he would "rather be known as a competent, warm, capable teacher of speech than as the best PA announcer in baseball."
In fact, he was both.
He was so much an integral part of the Yankee Stadium experience that when ill health forced him to step down after the 2007 season, team captain Derek Jeter insisted that Sheppard's recorded voice continue to introduce him at the plate.
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/bob_sheppard_8jxYzqCuT4QV8wtfPZ4bPO#ixzz0ta4dJ5SZ
In a special tribute to Bob Sheppard, Major League Baseball will have Sheppard's recorded voice introduce Derek Jeter during today's All-Star Game.
And now, Steinbrenner, a true icon and visionary owner is gone. What a powerhouse franchise he helped to build. He won't be forgotten.
I am sure Steinbrenner will receive a major, and well deserved, tribute from the Yankees and their fans.
Sad times at "the Bronx zoo".