Okay, it’s not true (yet), but I think it’s a good idea that two Yankee legends, Bob Sheppard (the voice of the Yankees) and George Steinbrenner (the boss of the Yankees) be buried in the field that was Old Yankee Stadium.
Two days after the voice of God, the voice of the New York Yankees (and New York Giants) died, Steinbrenner figured if Bob Sheppard was doing it, he may as well, too.
Now the only living Boss is Bruce Springsteen.
Both the voice and the boss had long-standing, important roles. Bob Sheppard was 19 years older than Steinbrenner, who most
certainly was the more stressed out of the two. It is fitting that Steinbrenner died of a heart attack, considering his notorious reputation for being tough… with expectations from proper grooming to yearly championships. Both Steinbrenner and Sheppard were in the organization for so long, that financial growth was a lavish leap.
Bob Sheppard was the public address announcer for the New York Yankees, and for the New York Giants from 1956 to 2006. When Sheppard began working for the Yankees in 1951, he was paid $15 a game. While he wouldn’t disclose his salary during his final year with team, 2006, his son Paul, who handled his business affairs, was quoted saying, “it’s a very safe bet” that Sheppard was baseball’s highest paid public-address announcer. He saw the team victorious in 22 American League pennants and 13 World Series championships.
George Steinbrenner took ownership of the Yankees from 1973 until now, the longest in club history. Steinbrenner bought the Yankees for $10 million and under his ownership they have become the most valuable team in U.S. professional sports, with Forbes.com estimating its value at over one-billion dollars. He saw the Yankees win 11 pennants and 7 World Series titles.
This morning, ESPN announced that Steinbrenner was in the hospital after having a heart attack at his Tampa home. On one of their enlightening segments where the anchor calls some analyst and asks leading, political questions, the phone-a-friend responded with a eulogy to the presumed dead questions, “How did George Steinbrenner change the ownership position?” and “What legacy will Steinbrenner leave?”
Clearly, the Worldwide Leader in Sports Gossip (I hope an intern finds the title of my article and makes the idea something ESPN can over-exaggerate, do extended commentary on, and argue about on one of their five different forums for the same sports talk show), had insider information that they were too afraid to openly break, so they opted to respect the family by waiting for their announcement while the implied the death was official enough so that, of course, a couple of hours later it is officially announced.
Because some say death comes in threes, Yogi Berra should take some extra vitamins.
Bob & George had reputations, made money and lived the best years of their lives where Old Yankee Stadium has now passed, which is why I propose they get buried there , in the pile of dirt that will be Heritage Field.