Yanks' Sterling To Miss First Broadcast Since 1989


When you think of the most consistent Yankees over the past three decades, I am sure names like Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Paul O’Neill come to mind.

But there is one member of the Yankees team even more consistent.

And that would be John Sterling of the Yankees broadcast team.

Because Sterling has called all but two New York Yankees game since taking over as the team's radio play-by-play announcer in 1989. That streak, which began after he missed two games that first season, is about to end.

Feeling a little run down, Sterling will finally take a breather this weekend when the Yankees play a four-game series at Tampa Bay beginning Thursday, which is also his 81st birthday. Ryan Ruocco will fill in, giving Sterling an eight-day respite that includes the All-Star break next week.

Sterling just got back from London, where the Yankees swept two games from the rival Boston Red Sox last weekend, winning by scores of 17-13 and 12-8.

Wow, I would need a break too after narrating 50 runs scored over just two games.

And speaking of huge numbers, Sterling has worked 5,059 consecutive Yankees games, including the postseason, according to the team.

And given the way the Yanks are playing, he’s going to be putting in some postseason overtime this year as well.

Enjoy your rest Johnny.

Source: CBS Sports

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