Yankees broadcaster John Sterling’s incredible streak of calling every Yankees game will come to an end this week, per the New York Post.
Sterling is reportedly not going to call the Yankees’ four game series in St. Petersburg with the Rays to close out the first half of the MLB season, starting with the game on July 4th – his 81st birthday.
Sterling said he has not been feeling 100 percent, but did not get into specifics.
“For the moment, I’m a little under the weather,” Sterling told The Post. “I’ve put in the time. I want to feel better and they think this is the time for me to do it — and I agree.”
Ryan Ruocco will replace Sterling in the booth alongside Suzyn Waldman, though Sterling will be calling this week’s pair of Subway Series games against the hapless Mets. Since Sterling joined the Yankees in 1989, he’s only taken two days off – and both of those came in that debut season, following the death of his sister.
Prior to joining the Yankees, Sterling called every single Atlanta Hawks game on TBS for eight seasons. Back in December, he also told our Shlomo Sprung that he never plans to retire, and that he plans on calling Yankees games for as long as they’ll have him.