When Derek Jeter goes to the plate on Tuesday, his All-Star introduction will come from Bob Sheppard, who’s legendary voice will once again announce the Yankees captain.
“It’s a great idea,” Jeter said. “He deserves it.”
Jeter said he came up with the idea five or six years ago to have Sheppard’s voice recorded, and he plans to stick with that recording now that Sheppard has passed away.
“I grew up a Yankee fan and he was the voice I always heard,” Jeter said. “There were a few times sprinkled in and out when he wasn’t there and it just didn’t sound right. I had the idea to record his voice and to always use it.
This seems like one of the days Sheppard would have been proud of the Yankees. They went into the all-star break with the best record in baseball, and as always, Jeter was able to explain why. It was the same explanation he’s been giving for years.
“Any team that wins, it’s their rotation that carries them,” Jeter said. “That’s the bottom line. I know people get tired of hearing it, but it’s the truth. Offense can only carry you so far, but if you have a great pitching staff, you’re going to have an opportunity to win every day. They’re the reason we’re in the position that we are.”
Here’s Jeter pregame talking about Sheppard.
And here’s Jorge Posada.
• Joe Girardi said he expected far more people on tonight’s chartered flight to Los Angeles — for the Yankees all-stars and their families — than on the chartered flight back to New York. “It’s a pretty big plane we got,” Girardi said. The Yankees and Mariners are sharing the all-star flight, so that group was cut by at least one when Cliff Lee was traded.
• CC Sabathia’s eight-game winning streak is the longest of his career. “I feel like I’ve got a good idea where the ball’s going,” he said. “I’m just trying to pound the strike zone. These guys have been scoring a lot of runs when I’ve been pitching, and playing good defense. It helps you relax.”
• Mark Teixeira is really hitting well lately, including four hits today, but Girardi and Teixeira both said a break will be good. “I think it’s a good time for him,” Girardi said. “He played every game of these 13 in a row. Really didn’t have any time off. He didn’t DH. I think these four days will serve him well.”
• Girardi’s message to the team heading into the all-star break: “I told all the guys, enjoy the break, you’ve earned it,” Girardi said.
• Here’s how the final all-star replacements worked: Trevor Cahill started against the Angels today. When he threw the first pitch in the top of the first inning, he was replaced by Girardi’s top choice, Jered Weaver. When Weaver then threw his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning, he was replaced by Andrew Bailey. Justin Verlander replaced CC Sabathia.
• Girardi said he didn’t want to announce who he plans to use as his closer on Tuesday. He’s not allowed to announce who his starter will be.
• Donnie Collins has good stuff about Jesus Montero’s very weird day of Cliff Lee trade rumors. He also notes that Eduardo Nunez was a late scratch from today’s Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lineup.
• Not all of the non-all-stars are on the flight back to New York. A lot are flying on their own to go home or go on vacation. Colin Curtis is staying in Seattle, where his family lives.
Associated Press photos of Jeter and Sabathia.