Yankees Broadcaster John Sterling Unfazed After Foul Ball Strikes Him In The Head

Photo: Instagram/John Sterling

New York Yankees radio broadcaster John Sterling found himself in a precarious situation when he was struck in the head by a foul ball during a recent game.

The incident occurred when Boston Red Sox designated hitter Justin Turner fouled off a pitch that ricocheted into the broadcast booth, hitting Sterling directly.

Despite the pain, the 84-year-old veteran maintained his composure and continued with the play-by-play commentary. The ballgame eventually came to an end, and Sterling enthusiastically announced the Yankees' victory in his signature style.

Photo: Instagram/John Sterling

The following day, Sterling returned to the microphone, showing no signs of significant harm. During the broadcast, his colleague Suzyn Waldman surprised him with the very ball that had struck him, adorned with a bandage and an autograph from Justin Turner.

The thoughtful gesture was accompanied by a humorous note from Turner, acknowledging the unpredictable nature of being at a ballgame. Sterling gratefully accepted the gift and expressed his gratitude to both Waldman and Turner.

Interestingly, this was not the first time Sterling had encountered a dangerous situation while on the job. In the 2021 season, travel restrictions caused by the pandemic forced him to call road games from Yankee Stadium.

On a particularly treacherous day, after a game in Anaheim, California, Sterling found himself stranded in heavy rains brought on by Hurricane Ida. Fortunately, Spanish radio play-by-play announcer Rickie Ricardo came to his rescue, pulling him from his flooded vehicle in New Jersey.

Despite these challenges, John Sterling remains dedicated to his role as a Yankees broadcaster. His unwavering commitment to delivering the game to fans, even in the face of adversity, is a testament to his passion and professionalism.

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Source: NBC News
 

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