Kind Angels surprise Yankees fans, Kay’s Sterling look draws Boone’s ‘swift kick’

Yankees' loss against LA Angels gets shadowed in wholesome moments at the park on 28th May, 2024.

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In the world of Major League Baseball, where rivalries run deep and every game feels like a battle, there are a few rare moments beyond the sport that can make you smile. This week, at Angel Stadium, Anaheim, Yankees fans experienced one such moment when the Los Angeles Angels paid a touching tribute to the retired broadcaster John Sterling. Amidst a disappointing 4-3 loss, the Yankees had something to cherish and could afford to find solace in their host’s wholesome gesture along with the return of a beloved player.

A heartfelt tribute to John Sterling

The Los Angeles Angels delivered a moment that looked beyond rivalries when they honored John Sterling, the legendary Yankees broadcaster who recently announced his retirement. The big screen at Angel Stadium displayed a heartfelt message: “John Sterling. Thank you for the memories.” Michael Kay, Sterling’s long-time colleague, captured the moment on Twitter, noting, “Really nice gesture by the Angels.”

Sterling, whose booming “Thuhhhhhhhh, Yankees win!” call has become iconic, officially retired on April 15, 2024. Yet, his voice will continue to play at Yankee Stadium throughout the season. Much like Bob Sheppard’s voice did for Derek Jeter, Sterling’s call will play after Yankees victories, ensuring his legacy endures.

Suzyn Waldman, Sterling’s long-time radio partner, expressed her approval, “I think that’s wonderful.” Yankees manager Aaron Boone had also advocated for this tribute, saying, “I’d love to see that, ‘Thuhhhhhhhh, Yankees win!’ at the end of all of our games now here. That would be kind of cool.”

The tributes didn’t stop there. Hours after Sterling announced his retirement, Angels announcer Wayne Randazzo paid homage by using Sterling’s iconic home run call. With the Halos trailing 1-0 in the top of the eighth, Mike Trout drilled a home run into the left field seats to take a 2-1 lead over the Rays. As the ball sailed over the wall at Tropicana Field, Randazzo broke out Sterling’s trademark “It is high! It is far! It is gone!”

The homages continued beyond baseball. During the Islanders/Devils game on Monday night, Isles announcer Brendan Burke paid tribute to Sterling by using his classic “Islanders goal! Islanders goal” after New York took a 4-1 lead in the third period, en route to clinching a playoff spot.

Sterling’s farewell was marked by a touching ceremony and an emotional news conference where he thanked fans for their support. With 5,420 regular-season games and 211 postseason games under his belt, Sterling’s contributions are monumental. Discussions are even underway about honoring him in Monument Park, where Yankees legends are immortalized.


DJ LeMahieu’s unfamiliar return into the Yankees setup

DJ LeMahieu’s return to the Yankees lineup was met with a standing ovation from the fans, a warm welcome for the veteran infielder who had been sidelined with a non-displaced fracture in his right foot. Managing to get this standing ovation even on the road, spoke a lot about the love DJ has managed to gather from fans all around the world of baseball, along with a very complete gesture from the already impressive hosts. Despite being moved to the unfamiliar ninth spot in the batting order, LeMahieu took it in stride.

“I wouldn’t change a whole lot with our offense right now,” LeMahieu said with a grin before the game. “But I’m looking forward to it. I’m just looking forward to being part of the lineup. I’ll lurk down there in the bottom of the order.” In his season debut, LeMahieu made solid contact in each at-bat, a promising sign for his return to form.

Manager Aaron Boone praised LeMahieu’s resilience and team spirit. “The unselfishness to completely not make it about him, which wasn’t surprising, is who he is,” Boone said. “A great example to the rest of the club.” LeMahieu’s return bolsters a lineup already leading the majors in home runs, on-base percentage, and OPS. Despite the somewhat demotion in the lineup, LeMahieu’s return is a massive boost for the team providing additional depth to an already raking batting lineup.

Michael Kay dresses up like his old friend

A light-hearted moment between Yankees manager Aaron Boone and broadcaster Michael Kay added some humor to the evening. Kay tweeted about the incident, sharing Boone’s playful jab: “A swift kick in the pants from @AaronBoone before tonight’s game: ‘Hey, why are you wearing John Sterling’s clothes?’ Left me speechless.”

This exchange highlighted the camaraderie, and more importantly, the space to be able to enjoy banter given that the team is winning within the Yankees organization. Boone’s jest, referencing Sterling’s iconic presence, subtly spoke about the lasting impact Sterling has had on the team.

All was fun and games until Rizzo’s blunder cost the Yankees the game

In a game that saw the Yankees’ strong start undone by a critical error, Anthony Rizzo’s misplay in the eighth inning proved costly. After fielding a ground ball but failing to secure it cleanly, Rizzo allowed Luis Rengifo to reach base. This extended the inning and set the stage for Taylor Ward’s game-winning two-run double off Clay Holmes, resulting in a 4-3 loss to the Angels.

Reflecting on the misplay, Rizzo acknowledged the need for better execution. “That play needs to be made,” he admitted. “Just over-slid it and it bounced off my glove. That play needs to be made. Clay comes in, gives up a hit. Shouldn’t have been in the game [yet] if I make that play. So it’s a tough one.”

Despite the Yankees loss, there were a few positive takeaways. Nestor Cortes continued the Yankees’ historic streak of starters pitching at least five innings and allowing two runs or fewer, a record run that now spans 15 games. Juan Soto also contributed significantly, with a solo home run and an RBI single, though the Yankees ultimately fell short.

While the Yankees’ 4-3 loss to the Angels was disappointing, the game was marked by moments of heartfelt tribute, resilience, and humor that showcased the human side of baseball. What do you think? Leave your comment below!

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