07/12/10 4:10 PM ET
Sheppard's voice to be heard in Anaheim
PA legend's voice to introduce All-Star Jeter
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
As a special tribute to the Yankees' legendary public-address announcer, Major League Baseball will have Sheppard's recorded voice introduce Jeter during Tuesday's All-Star Game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
Sheppard died at 99 on Sunday morning, nearly three years after his final call in the Bronx. But despite Sheppard's absence, Jeter has been using a recording of Sheppard's voice to serve as his introduction during at-bats, and he will continue to do so.
"I grew up a Yankees fan -- he was the voice I always heard," Jeter said on Sunday. "There were a few times when he was not there, and it just didn't sound right. So I had the idea to record his voice and use it as long as I was playing."
So, when Jeter comes to bat in the first inning on Tuesday night, the Yankees' captain will step up to the plate with that famous intro -- "Now batting for the Yankees, No. 2, Derek Jeter. No. 2." -- despite playing nearly 3,000 miles away from Sheppard's Yankee Stadium home.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.