Derek Jeter To Use Recorded Introduction To Honor Yankees' PA Announcer

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

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)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 11:36 AM


Can't this easily be interpreted as "Screw you, I'm better than everyone else so I get the legend introducing me no matter who introduces everyone else"? Like Jeter gets his own special announcer?

Morgan Wick said...
Apr 1, 2008, 1:39:00 PM  

I think it's his flat top that makes you love him.

GMoney said...
Apr 1, 2008, 4:12:00 PM  

When he came back from his injury in the 2003 season he purposely set up his AB to the lyrics of the song "It's great to be back" or to that effect. A bit egomaniacal.

Anonymous said...
Apr 1, 2008, 6:20:00 PM  

Wait, how does this not make you hate Jeter more? He's so special he gets his own announcer? And people dare to question A-rod's sincerity? This act just screams insincerity on Jeter's part.

Oh, and to say he's a 'bad defensive player' is a bit of an understatement - defensively, he's the worst SS in the bigs.

Brian said...
Apr 2, 2008, 1:57:00 AM  

It just goes to show how individual a sport baseball is! Jeter gets his own announcer to introduce him? That's the definition of selfish.

J.R. said...
Apr 2, 2008, 2:20:00 PM  

The point is that Jeter recognized Bob Shepard as part of the club's history. I don't think it's selfish or ego maniacal at all -- more of a tribute to the importance of Shepard and how he'll be missed when he kicks the bucket.

Sooze said...
Apr 27, 2008, 12:53:00 PM  
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Kasey said...
May 6, 2009, 2:38:00 PM  

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