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John Sterling tributes pour in after Yankees voice’s retirement

Tributes continue to pour in for Yankees broadcaster John Sterling after he announced his retirement on Monday.

From the Islanders to the governor’s office, everyone wanted to show Sterling some love. Sterling hung up his headphones after an illustrious hockey-driven career that started with calling games for his former NBA team, the Washington Bullets. baseball.

Sterling has been the Yankees’ radio voice since 1989, sharing the broadcast booth with former major leaguers Jay Johnston, Michael Kay, Charlie Steiner and Sujin Waldman.

John Sterling announced his retirement from the Yankees booth on Monday. AP

Baseball fans and fellow broadcasters wanted to show their love for Sterling, including the Mets broadcast team of Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez.

“I know Ron and Keith will join me in sending nothing but congratulations to our friend John Sterling, who announced his retirement today,” Cohen said. “After 36 years in the Yankees booth and countless other stints before that, John has made himself the unique voice of baseball and entertainment.”

“I would just add that he is a perfect gentleman and a great guy,” Hernandez said. “He always had a smile on his face.”

Mets manager Carlos Mendoza also congratulated Sterling on his career at the end of the press conference following the 6-3 win over the Pirates.

Robert Szabo of the New York Post

“It’s been a great career and I would like to congratulate him.” Mendoza said. “He’s been a very good player for me, so I wish him all the best.”

In Florida, Angels TV play-by-play man Wayne Randazzo paid tribute to Sterling using the legendary broadcaster’s signature home run call, “Hi!” It’s far away! It’s gone! When Mike Trout hit a blast in the 8th inning against the Rays.

At the Yankees’ own booth, Mr. Waldman spoke with Yes Network’s Meredith Marakowitz about Mr. Sterling’s influence on the broadcast.

“There will never be another John Starling, there can never be.” She said of her broadcast partner of 20 years: “That’s the biggest compliment. Every day has been a unique, interesting, weird, amazing experience.”

Sujin Waldman worked in the broadcast booth with John Sterling for 20 years. Jason Zenz writes for the New York Post

On the ice, Sterling’s time as the Islanders’ radio voice from 1975-78 was remembered by Brendan Burke, who served as the team’s television voice during Monday’s broadcast.

During Kyle McClain’s third-period goal, Burke broke Sterling’s signature “Islanders goal, Islanders goal, Islanders goal” call.

Even Mike Vaccaro of the Post. There was a bit of nostalgia on social media, remembering when Sterling was on the phone with the Isles.

“For me, John Sterling will always be the man with the mantra: ‘Islander goal!'” Islander goal! It brought me so much happiness back when there was no cable TV. “That I grew to be able to call him my friend is one of the many amazing blessings I have received in this career,” he wrote.

in sterling People like New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy He praised his broadcasting career.

“His vibrant personality and commitment to his craft brought joy to millions of people. We wish him a peaceful retirement,” Murphy wrote.

Legendary Yankee Derek Jeter also made sure to congratulate his captain on a career that overlapped with his own on the diamond.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy congratulated John Sterling on his retirement. Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com/USA TODAY NETWORK

“I had the pleasure of listening to and working with John for decades. He was an important part of Yankees history and will be greatly missed,” Jeter said in a statement. x”