Is John Sterling OK? New York Yankees broadcaster rescued from flooded car
New York Yankees commentator John Sterling got some major help from one of his colleagues on Wednesday, September 1, night. While driving back home from Yankee Stadium, Sterling's car got stuck on the flooded New York streets but then he was rescued by Spanish play-by-play announcer Rickie Ricardo.
The 83-year-old veteran broadcaster's car got stuck while heading to his New Jersey home. His car stopped on River Road in Edgewater. Sterling called his partner Suzyn Waldman, who quickly came up with a plan to help Sterling. Waldman called Ricardo, who stayed at Yankee Stadium an hour later than Sterling to do the postgame show. Ricardo knew where Sterling lived and told Waldman he would try to help, according to The Associated Press. “I’ve seen how bad it gets flooded on River Road in Edgewater, and with the kind of rain we had, I can only imagine,” Ricardo said. “So I said, ‘Suzyn, I’m on my way. I more or less know where he lives. I’ll figure out where he’s at and see what I can do.’”
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Ricardo then left his house to search for Sterling's car and later found him. Ricardo then drove Sterling home. Despite being less than a mile away from Sterling's house, the drive took an hour as Ricardo tried to find a safe route. Sterling later thanked both Waldman and Ricardo on Thursday, September 2. The trip turned out OK for Sterling, but he admitted it was a "harrowing" experience.
Sterling who is best known as the radio play-by-play announcer of Major League Baseball's NY Yankees has called 5,060 consecutive Yankees games, beginning in 1989, before taking an eight-day (four-game) break in July 2019. Back in 2020, Sterling made news when he got admitted to the Englewood Hospital in New Jersey after he got some serious blood infection. But in a few days, he got recovered and gave a statement saying, “Everything is cool."