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On Derek Jeter, Bob Sheppard and summer

Posted on: July 12, 2010 9:41 pm

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Here's hoping that when Derek Jeter becomes a free agent this winter, the Yankees re-sign him to a 20-year deal.

OK, so that's a tad unrealistic, given that Jeter already is 36.

But the way things stand now, the longer Jeter hangs around, the longer we'll hear the voice of the late, legendary public address announcer Bob Sheppard.

Jeter requested that Sheppard record the introduction to his at-bat a few years ago when Sheppard's health began to decline. And today, at every home Yankees' game, it is the tape of Sheppard's voice ("Now batting ... number 2 ... Derek ... Jetah ... number 2") that introduces Jeter.

"Bob Sheppard is as much a part of our organization as anyone," Jeter said Monday before the American League All-Star team worked out at Angel Stadium. "He's part of the whole experience of going to Yankee Stadium.

"He's someone, who when I went to see games when I was younger, the way he says your name ... when he says your name, you know you've made it."

I kidded Jeter about my idea that he signs a 20-year deal, or more to the point, that the Yankees should give him several extra years just so we could continue to listen to Sheppard introduce him. But Jeter wasn't having any of that.

"I talked about my contract the first day of spring training and then said I wasn't going to talk about it anymore," he said.

I know, I know. But still, it's a thought isn't it?

If the rest of our summers were filled with sunshine, ice cream and listening to Sheppard introduce Jeter, that would be a pretty good thing. Maybe even Red Sox fans would be on board with that.


Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: July 13, 2010 1:43 am

On Derek Jeter, Bob Sheppard and summer

More proof Jeter is as classy as they come in the mlb.  He will keep Bob Sheppard alive for as long as he is playing baseball.  And let's be honest, they were both born Yankees and will always be Yankees.  Sheppard's voice was magic and he will never be forgotten in Yankee stadium.  

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