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Will Bob Sheppard open the new Yankee Stadium?

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Smasher_Sloan, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Probably not, according to Newsday:

  2. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member


    I hope I look this good when I'm NINETY-freaking-EIGHT.

    Holy cow, to mix baseball voice metaphors.
  3. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Oh man that sucks.
  4. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    No Bob Sheppard at the first regular season game = jinx of considerable karmic power.
  5. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    They're jinxed enough.

    Just wait until CC pulls a hammy jogging to the buffet line.
  6. CitizenTino

    CitizenTino Active Member


    How about this Darren Rovell story about the possibility that they could have Sheppard do voice recordings for about 10 hours and be able to have a "computerized Sheppard" announce names at Yankee Stadium forever. I can't decide if that's awesome or really creepy.
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I would hope, if nothing else, that Sheppard can at least come to the Stadium for the opener and be driven around the field in a car so the fans can give him one huge cheer.
  8. ArnoldBabar

    ArnoldBabar Active Member

    I'll never forget the time a few years ago when I was in the press box working a couple hours before game time and felt a tap on my shoulder.

    The unmistakable voice: "Excuse me, but can you tell me how to pronounce this name?"

    So because of me, Bob Sheppard knows how to pronounce Yuniesky Betancourt. :)

    It's going to be tough to try to carry the Yankee Stadium mystique across the street if that voice isn't part of it.
  9. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    great anecdote, ab.
  10. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    It's creepy. Let it go. When he can't do it any more, it's time for someone else to get a chance and start a new tradition. If they want to play a generic recorded "Welcome to Yankee Stadium" or "Here are today's lineups," that's probably OK as a tribute. To think someone will be splicing syllables together to make virtual Bob is too weird and totally unnecessary.
  11. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Oh man. I so wanted this to be about Shigetoshi Hasegawa...Sheppard's all-time favorite name.
  12. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Great story, AB.

    And I agree with Smasher -- that would be just as creepy as when they had the animated (and bobblehead, IIRC?) Mel Allen still doing the intro on TWIB after he died.
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