Sheppard to miss Stadium finale

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Bob Sheppard has seen more games at Yankee Stadium than anyone else in the organization, but he won’t be on hand for the historic finale this Sunday. Last year, the long-time public address announcer contracted a bad case of bronchitis and pneumonia. He missed the end of last season and has yet to appear at Yankee Stadium this year. While Sheppard had aimed to announce this Sunday’s game, Jim Baumbach reports this morning that Sheppard is still not healthy enough to put an eight-hour shift at the stadium.

In fact, Sheppard isn’t strong enough to attend the game as a guest of the Steinbrenner’s, according to Baumbach. “My heart will be up in the Bronx, but my body will be in front of the television,” he said. Sheppard, however, hopes to welcome the crowd to the new stadium in April. He is, after all, under contract for next year.

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YES brings back Kay for three years
  • Chris A

    now batting….number 2…..DEREK JETER…..number 2

  • radnom

    Geeze this guy is worse than Pavano.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos

      okay, I laughed a little at that.

      Since Bob can’t make it, can we get Ted Stryker to PA the final game?

      “Pinch hitting for Pedro Borbon, Manny Mota… Mota… Mota…”

  • pounder

    Pipe him in from home.This is the 21st century after all.

    • radnom

      I was wondering about that as well, I guess its not the same though.

  • yankeefan91

    damn i was lookikng foward to see bob sheppard abd hear him in other news bernie williams is attening hes very exited

    • BlackieJones

      yankeefan91, it looks like it’s time for a new keyboard….either that or a dictionary.

  • JRJ

    That’s too bad. It would have been great to have him there. I think he’s a huge part of the franchise.
    Hopefully he can get better for the opening of the new stadium.

  • Steve

    One of the reasons Bob is such a legend is he’s a Speech Professor. Worked in the NYC school system and at St Johns University.

    You can tell the care and pride he takes in pronouncing words and names correctly. Its something he obviously takes very seriously. I have always hoped that (when the time unfortunately came) the Yanks would replace him with someone else with his background.

    • mko

      They have. There was an article up recently about Bill Hall, his backup and probable replacement. He’s a teacher as well and is working the same way as Mr. Sheppard.