The Yankees just opened today’s festivities with a tribute video to Bob Sheppard. The video included snippets of former players talking about Sheppard, but mixed in were sound clips of Sheppard introducing batters, from the No. 1 hole to the No. 9 hole. Good stuff.
If you’re unable to watch live, I’ll provide some updates and a list of those attending today.
The Old-Timers —
Oscar Gamble (sans afro)
Cecil Fielder (looking trim!)
1950 World Champions —
Jerry Coleman (great storyteller)
The roll call of the players ended with Michael Kay informing the crowd that Yogi Berra had a fall in his house and will miss the ceremony. Berra received a big get-well cheer from the crowd.
Kay and John Sterling just introduced the widows of Billy Martin, Elston Howard, Thurman Munson, Bobby Murcer and Sheppard.
The ceremony is complete. The game is about to begin.
I’m working on the pregame notes and will post them in a bit.