“Voice of God” Bob Sheppard silenced
I was going to dedicate this entire space today to ripping the Yankees’ front office and a large contingent of the media that covers them for the ear-splitting level of whining over the loss of Cliff Lee to the Texas Rangers Friday.
In their world, only the Yankees are supposed to do whatever is necessary to improve their club.
Here at BareBones, Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik gets big marks for doing everything in his power – whether that meant using uber-prospect Jesus Montero as bait, spinning the serious ankle injury to David Adams, insisting on substituting Class-A right-hander Adam Warren for Adams, and the inclusion of Triple-A shortstop Eduardo Nunez in the final hours, to drive up the price for one of the world’s best pitchers and get the Rangers to include the player they most wanted in the trade for Lee, minor league first baseman Justin Smoak.
Good for Seattle.
GM Brian Cashman should be more concerned about his eighth inning donkey bomber, Joba Chamberlain, who has become borderline unwatchable.
Now that we got all that out of the way, the only news that really matters today is the passing of Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard at the age of 99.
Here’s is the Associated Press link, which I am sure will be updated throughout the day.
Here is a terrific piece on Sheppard’s life penned by Marty Noble of mlb.com.
Being at Yankee Stadium will never, ever be the same.