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Yankees radio announcer John Sterling rescued by Spanish-language counterpart amid Ida flooding


For a time Wednesday, longtime Yankees radio play-by-play voice John Sterling was one in every of many tri-state space residents who turned trapped or displaced by the surplus rain and flooding brought on by Hurricane Ida.

Sterling was caught on River Highway in Edgewater, N.J., following the completion of the Yankees’ recreation in opposition to the Angels in Anaheim on Wednesday night time.

It wasn’t till Ricky Ricardo, the Yankees’ Spanish-language play-by-play announcer, answered his telephone that Sterling was rescued and guided to security.

As Ricardo detailed, he left the stadium after Sterling to complete up his postgame duties, solely to make it to Broadway in his Jeep earlier than Yankees colour commentator Suzyn Waldman referred to as Ricardo to let him know of Sterling’s predicament and the place Sterling, 83, was trapped.

“Suzyn asks, ‘The place are you?’ I say, ‘Properly, I am working my manner throughout higher Manhattan to recover from to the [George Washington] Bridge, to get to Jersey,'” Ricardo mentioned. “I say, ‘OK, Suzyn, I’m on my manner, I do know the place [Sterling] lives, I am going to determine the place he is at and see what I can do.'”

Ricardo finally made it to Sterling by way of the darkness and deep waters. After navigating a number of closed or flooded roads, he helped information Sterling to security with the assistance of a number of North Jersey police departments in what Ricardo described as “a jigsaw puzzle.”

He additionally mentioned Sterling was “understandably shell-shocked” by the incident however was finally all proper.

The Yankees had been off Thursday. They open a collection with the Orioles at dwelling on Friday.


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