John Sterling

Athletes aren’t the only ones who play hurt.

The radio voice of the New York Yankees since 1989, John Sterling took a foul ball off the dome Saturday night, absorbing a missile off the bat of Boston Red Sox slugger Justin Turner. The 84-year-old was back behind the mic for Sunday night’s series finale at Yankee Stadium, sporting a Band-Aid above his left eye.

Afterwards, Sterling kept the ball as a souvenir and even got it signed by Turner.

For our viewing pleasure, WFAN captured the harrowing encounter on video, with Sterling gamely playing on, continuing to call the action even after seeing his life flash before his eyes, not missing a single pitch.

One of the most experienced and respected play-by-play announcers in all of sports broadcasting, not much fazes Sterling at this point in his career. Wearing Turner’s screaming line drive like a badge of honor shows that.

“Just a glancing blow,” said Sterling, downplaying his brush with danger. “I took one for the team.”

Sterling managed to stay out of harm’s way in his return to the booth Sunday, though his Yankees weren’t as fortunate, falling 3-2 to their hated rival in extra innings.

[Bryan Hoch, WFAN Sports Radio]

About Jesse Pantuosco

Jesse Pantuosco joined Awful Announcing as a contributing writer in May 2023. He’s also written for Audacy and NBC Sports. A graduate of Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a master’s degree in creative writing from Fairfield University, Pantuosco has won three Fantasy Sports Writers Association Awards. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut and never misses a Red Sox, Celtics or Patriots game.