The voice of the Yankees, John Sterling, has been out of action since last week.
New York Yankees fans held their collective breath last week when it was announced John Sterling would be missing Wednesday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles due to an illness.
Everyone immediately assumed the worst and thought he’d been infected with COVID-19, but a negative test shortly after calmed everyone’s nerves. However, Sterling did need a four-day stint in the hospital to get recover from a blood infection. He revealed that news to the New York Post on Monday.
More good news, though! He’s out of the hospital and ready to return to the Yankees broadcast on Thursday.
Sterling said he was aiming a comeback on Tuesday, but the Yankees-Phillies game was postponed due to inclement weather. Then, with the doubleheader set for Wednesday, Sterling felt it was best he returned Thursday for just one game. Hard to disagree with that. It’s surely better to rest up, considering he thought he’d be back “in a day or two” right after he tested negative for COVID-19.
During his absence, WFAN’s Rickie Ricardo, who’s the Yankees Spanish play-by-play broadcaster, was filling in alongside Suzyn Waldman.
The 82-year-old Sterling has been the Yankees broadcaster since 1989 and actually worked for 5,068 straight games before taking an eight-day break in July of the 2019 season, in which he missed four games. This time around, he’s missed two games vs the O’s, three against the Red Sox, and now, unless there’s a weather issue tomorrow, four vs Philly.
The Yanks got the job done for their play-by-play announcer. They haven’t lost a game since he’s been away from the booth and even managed to sweep the rival Red Sox over the weekend. We’re sure Sterling was watching from the hospital loving every second of it.
Be sure to catch him broadcast Thursday night’s game at 6:05 p.m. ET in Philadelphia.