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Yankees pay tribute to Sheppard

Posted by: Josh Thomson - Posted in Misc on Jul 17, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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The Yankees continued to honor former PA announcer Bob Sheppard before and during today’s game.

Prior to the introductions of Old-Timers’ Day, the organization played a video on the big board. It spliced sound bits of Sheppard’s more famous introductions over the years with members of the organization talking about his significance.

The tribute kicked off the afternoon but was just a piece. Even before the video, the PA played an introduction given at a previous Old-Timers’ Day by Sheppard, who announced the event’s emcee’s, Michael Kay and John Sterling.

Kay and Sterling then introduced all the Old-Timers and followed by bringing out the widows of Billy Martin, Elston Howard, Thurmon Munson and Bobby Murcer. It ended with the introduction of Sheppard’s widow Mary. She was given a bouquet of flowers as she walked on the field. The former players then surrounded Mrs. Sheppard along the first-base line to offer their support.

The Yankees saved one special presentation for the seventh-inning stretch. After the playing of “God Bless America,” the PA played a video of Sheppard signing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” Sheppard made a tradition of signing the song every Mother’s Day. Today it replaced “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

The Old-Timers on hand for the ceremony all had kind words to share for Sheppard. Some grew close with him over the years. Others just shared tremendous respect for how Sheppard carried himself as a man.

Chris Chambliss remembered the first time Sheppard announced him to bat. “It was just — you’ve arrived,” Chambliss said. “That voice just rings in your ears.”

“I remember my first day as a Yankee,” Bucky Dent said. “Walking up from the on-deck circle and hearing him announce my name, it’s something you don’t forget.”

Although they talked seldom in recent years, Jerry Coleman said he considered Sheppard a friend. Coleman respected Sheppard’s work, saying no one every spoke the English language better.

“And Bob was just an eloquent, beautiful and delightful as a person as well,” Coleman said.

Photo credit: Associated Press

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67 Responses to “Yankees pay tribute to Sheppard”

  1. Erin July 17th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Ledger_Yankees “I’m embarrased more than anything else.” — AJ

  2. Erin July 17th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    (repost)

    Ledger_Yankees AJ banged his hand on a door; that’s how he cut his hand. He fibbed earlier when he said it was on dugout steps

  3. Erin July 17th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Ledger_Yankees AJ cut his hand on a plastic lineup holder while slamming his hand on double doors. He was angry after the 2nd inning.

  4. WMD July 17th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Only now is Burnett embarrassed? Take your time to heal your injury. Don’t threaten to help the team and come back to soon!

  5. Erin July 17th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    YankeesWFAN Girardi believes Burnett will make his next start. No stitches.

  6. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    aj got frustrated: joe

  7. DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Here’s an interesting scenario that I’ll be watching:

    Detroit drops out of contention over the next 2 weeks.
    Yanks make an offer for Damon and Coke for Logan and more minor league pieces. That relieves Detroit of more salary and helps restock their system. Yanks get a proven lefty bat, ideal for Yankee stadium – at an affordable price, and a reliable lefty arm who fills the middle relief/situational role perfectly.

  8. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    this guy does not have the makeup to be a major league pitcher
    way too emotional

  9. WMD July 17th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Please don’t make good on your threat to make your next start, AJ.

  10. Erin July 17th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Ledger_Yankees AJ met with Joe after the game to give him the true story. Expects to make next start,

  11. Michelle July 17th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Basically AJ was upset that he gave up the hit to Pena to score the 1st run. We have another Kevin Brown on our hands. Good thing AJ wasn’t stupid enough to break his hand like the other fool.

  12. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    joe is defending aj
    comparing aj to warrior oneill
    digging a deeper hole

  13. 4 Rings July 17th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    # teddy3321 July 17th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    cano hitting 209 in july

    —————

    Like Jeter, he accumulated his good numbers early.

  14. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    is there any way Cash can trade this buffoon?

  15. Jack Frost July 17th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    God I hope AJ misses his next start

    Basketcase Burnett is a detriment

  16. MTU (aka GBURL) July 17th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I’ll be really honest.

    I kind of wish AJ were the one likely to leave at the end of the season instead of Javy.

    Does anyone ever see this guy being more than Forrest Gump on the mound ?

    As SJ has said, “the most expensive #5 in baseball”.

    It hurts to admit it.

    Please show me where I am wrong. :(

  17. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    he lied about tripping and cutting hands
    bad, just bad

  18. pat July 17th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Time for the media to stop asking Joe questions and to ask them of AJ.

  19. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Wow, what a selfish jerk – just another Kevin Brown. Really? With his pitching hand? He could have broken it – or otherwise damaged himself to the point where he’d have to be DL’d.

    I don’t want to hear that he’s embarrassed – he should be.

  20. DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    You can’t trade $82.5MM.

  21. Rick July 17th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I’m really getting tired of this guy

    He is Kevin Brown Jr. Keep him the hell away from the postseason rotation. I don’t even care if Vazquez has a shaky second half, I trust him over this clown anyday of the week.

  22. LGY - Free Dejo! July 17th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    “Like Jeter, he accumulated his good numbers early.”

    ————————-

    Don’t be stupid and start bashing Cano now who has been their best player.

    He has had a rough 2 weeks in July but he was very good in May and June.

  23. Michelle July 17th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Joel Sherman is sooo nasty when he asks his questions.

  24. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    this is where the George effect would have kicked in
    this guy would have been gone a long time ago

  25. Yanks 172 July 17th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    What the hell? He pulled a Kevin Brown…. what a disgrace. At least use your other hand, idiot.

  26. teddy3321 July 17th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    no cano raked in may, plus june in tune of 890 ops or better

  27. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I don’t want him to make his next start – he needs stitches, but in his head to keep his brains from falling out. I love AJ personally, but there is absolutely no excuse for the crap he pulled….and lying about it?

  28. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    …but he’s not a headcase?

  29. JJ July 17th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    uhh… so why did AJ lie in the beginning? Better yet, why did he admit that he lied?

    This guy isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, is he?

  30. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I’m not listening to the post-game, but AJ deserves every bit of what he’s going to get in the media tomorrow. His teammates should be ticked off at him…….oh, great way to handle it AJ – and yet the Yankees will enable him by giving him a pat on his behind and sending him to the mound for his next start.

  31. Erin July 17th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    YankeesWFAN Burnett admits he was embarrassed. That’s why he lied. Says he will apologize to teammates tomorrow.

  32. pat July 17th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    and let the psychobabble begin…..

  33. Pat M. July 17th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Doyle Alexander also broke his hand in a fit of anger back in 82 I think…..82 was the year George decided to take over and turn the Yankees into a speed team with 5 outfielders….So they had to pay the newly acquired Dave Collins to figure out how to wear a 1st baseman’s mitt….Oh those were the days to be a Yankee fan

  34. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    aj’s turn should be skipped, he should be shopped, a contender could pick up the salary or we could pay some, give mitre the next start

  35. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Sure, AJ……………only the grace of God save him from a more serious injury. Sure, apologizing to your teammates would have done a ton of good then. NO question he’s lost some respect in that clubhouse………….

  36. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos July 17th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Erin -

    I’m 52 and I never learn…

    :(

  37. TC 223 July 17th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Girardi needs to stop standing up for the guy… let AJ answer the questions himself. Just defer to him.

  38. Erin July 17th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    # pat July 17th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    and let the psychobabble begin…..

    *************************

    Exactly. I’m out of here. LOL

  39. Erin July 17th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Doreen – GTLU Stuff & Photos July 17th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Erin -

    I’m 52 and I never learn…

    *****************************
    LOL Is your husband loving the fact that he was right? ;)

    OK, now I’m out of here.

    Enjoy the evening everyone.

  40. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    what psychobabble?

  41. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    What psychobabble? AJ couldn’t control his temper and hurled his pitching hand at a door. That’s beyond selfish.

  42. Eroc July 17th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Well, this was odd. Why did he lie in the beginning, if he knew the truth would come out eventually? Didn’t Zillo talk to this guy beforehand?

    This is where passion evolves into being a headcase

  43. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    this guy has deeper problems than pitching..

  44. RF 56 July 17th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    “I’m 52 and I never learn…”

    For real? You look great in that pic on your website, I would have guessed you were in your late 30s…

  45. DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Cliff jumpers, please keep this in perspective:
    CC Sabathia 12-3 3.13 ERA
    Phil Huges 11-2 3.35 ERA
    Andy Pettitte 11-2 2.70 ERA
    AJ Burnett 7-8 4.99 ERA
    Javy Vazquez 7-7 4.45 ERA
    Mariano Rivera 3-1 1.02 ERA, 20 Saves

    Patience…and Faith.

  46. RMS July 17th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    “I don’t want him to make his next start – he needs stitches, but in his head to keep his brains from falling out.”

    lol

  47. Michelle July 17th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    AJ’s pitching day is like Wang’s last season to the team. Most of the time you get a stinker but his last 2 starts they got lucky. 13 shut out innings and then another stinker. He has been absolutely dreadful. But if you think he is bad now wait until he gets older and isn’t throwing 94 anymore then he will be really bad.

  48. 50 July 17th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    psychobabble = call the guy an idiot and a headcase?

    That isn’t psychobabble, that’s the truth.

  49. raymagnetic July 17th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    AJ Burnett is simply a riddle wrapped inside of an enigma. Always has been and always will be.

    He is what we thought he was. Million dollar arm with a ten cent head. He’s just like Chamberlain except he’s making 40x the salary.

    No need to complain about it. He’s the Yankees problem now and in the immediate and short term future.

    Is there any wonder why Cashman was so eager to get Lee?

  50. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    no mental toughness….look at pettitte, now look at him…see a difference?

  51. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) July 17th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Phil’s ERA is 3.65, FYI

    Bob Lorenz is right – you always have to wonder now if AJ is capable of this sort of thing again.

    I don’t want to hear “positivity” – AJ should be sent to the corner with a dunce cap on. I can’t believe this.

  52. wolf man July 17th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    People overanalyzing Jeter and his contract and decline should look at Burnett

    He is already showing signs of decline, has an awful contract, and offers no value off-the-field that Jeter does.

    Burnett is a guy that is going to hit the ground hard as he gets older. We’re already seeing signs of it.

  53. Michelle July 17th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    AJ is sooo fragile it’s unreal….

  54. Truth or Dare July 17th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    AJ s the 5th starter on this team.
    Give me CC, Andy, Phil or Javy any day over this guy. He is always up and down. Can never limit the damage.
    Now he is a hot head and liar too.

  55. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Is there any wonder why Cashman was so eager to get Lee?
    =========================================
    have to think not including nunez killed that deal

  56. 66 stripes July 17th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    When Girardi writes his “tell-all” book in 2025, this AJ incident will be mentioned.

  57. raymagnetic July 17th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    AJ isn’t soft. He simply hasn’t learned how to pitch and he got frustrated by his own ineffectiveness it happens.

    Maybe since he’s embarassed he’ll have a 7 start undefeated run. That’s the hope at least.

  58. Basketcase AJ July 17th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Don’t worry, AJ is not even coming close to starting a postseason game unless old Javy appears.

    Burnett will be the mop up men in the pen, where he belongs. Enigmas should be nowhere to be found in the playoffs.

  59. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    you can’t win with this guy, if he realizes, which he does, that he is the 5th starter he will sulk, which he is.

    imagine having him around players in the playoffs if he is skipped

    better shop around…

  60. Soul July 17th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    New Post ————–>

  61. mick July 17th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    J isn’t soft. He simply hasn’t learned how to pitch and he got frustrated by his own ineffectiveness it happens.
    =======================
    well isn’t it about time he learned
    maybe he should talk to andy or cc
    they could learn him

  62. DaSaint007 July 17th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    nitpicking Betsy?

  63. dassit July 17th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    A loss like this was a real nice tribute to give to Sheppard.

    It was AJ who blew the game early, but its not like the bullpen did a great job (what a shock) and as is the case lately, the offense sucked eggs.

    Granderson has been a horrible trade. Give me Melky and his lower salary to play like that. At least then there seems to be some reason for the poor production. And on top of that, Melky was doing pretty darn well as a lower order line up batter.

    This past off season Cashman didn’t do a great job. He added payroll in Granderson, got CHoP who basically is BP, and got Javy which move I expect the wheels to fall off again at any time.

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