First time Bob Sheppard announced Jorge Posada’s name was Game 2 of the 1995 American League Division Series. Posada pinch ran for Wade Boggs, and Sheppard announced the runner’s name as “Jorge Posado.”
That’s where the nickname comes from. Derek Jeter started calling him “Sado” after that.
Sheppard would later joke with Posada about the mistake. He asked Posada whether he preferred Jorge or George, and he asked if he preferred Posada or Posado.
“That first at-bat at Yankee Stadium, you don’t forget it,” Posada said. “And he’s part of that.”
I’ll try to have a lot of audio up as the day continues. A lot of great Sheppard stuff came out of the clubhouse this morning. Of course Jeter summed it up nicely.
“He’s as much a part of this organization as any player,” Jeter said. “Even though the players change year in and year out, he as the one constant at Yankee Stadium. He was part of the experience. He’s going to be missed.”
UPDATE, 2:58 p.m.: Statement from The Boss: “I am deeply saddened by the death today of Bob Sheppard, a good friend and fine man whose voice set the gold standard for America’s sports announcers. For over a half century, fans were thrilled to hear his unforgettable voice and players were thrilled to hear his majestic enunciation of their names. Bob Sheppard was a great member of the Yankees family and his death leaves a lasting silence. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Mary, and their family.”