You can say a lot of things about Derek Jeter (he’s a partier, he’s a bad defensive player), but this is pretty classy. The shortstop had NY Yankees public address announcer record his intro so he can have the “Voice of God” always introducing him…

It won’t be Bob Sheppard at the microphone today when the lineups are introduced here at windy, drizzly Yankee Stadium for the final opening day. Sheppard is recovering from an illness and hopes to be back by midseason.

But Sheppard’s voice will still be heard. Last season, Derek Jeter took a step to make sure of that.

“One of the things I had him do was record him introducing me,” Jeter said a few minutes ago, “so I’ll always come to the plate with Bob Sheppard.”

I’ve tried in the past but I just can’t hate Derek Jeter. A-Rod? Sure. But there’s something about Jeter that makes him always seem humble and respectful to the game and it’s history. No matter which Hollywood starlet he’s banging at the time.

Yanks Record 97-Year-Old PA Guy’s Intro Of Jeter (Sports by Brooks)
Sheppard’s Voice Will Be Here (NY Times)

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