Suzyn Waldman, Yankees broadcaster, sings the national anthem to deliver on a promise to Gerrit Cole
That’s baseball, Suzyn.
Long before Gerrit Cole put ink on paper and realized a childhood dream, Yankees radio voice Suzyn Waldman made a promise to Cole: Sign with New York and you’ll hear me sing the national anthem.
Well, prior to tonight’s Yankees home opener, Waldman keeps that promise, as she plans to sing the national anthem to an audience of Cole and everyone else allowed into the building.
Among the Yankees’ pregame ceremonies for their home opener tonight: radio broadcaster Suzyn Waldman will be singing the national anthem. Long before he was a Yankee, she promised Gerrit Cole that she would sing it when he signed with them. A promise is a promise.
– James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) July 31, 2020
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It is far from the first time that Waldman uses the microphone to sing and not to analyze. The trailblazing, longtime analyst of the Yankees radio network has historically sung the national anthem not only at Yankee Stadium, but other baseball stadiums as well, including prior to Game 7 of the 1986 ALCS at Fenway Park.
Waldman, 73, was a musicals stage actor long before he went to the booth, where her pairing with play-by-play husband John Sterling is in his 16th season for WFAN. And she’s no stranger to New York’s sports radio station either: her voice was the first to be heard when the popular station launched in 1987.
Waldman will be joined on the field by the recently retired Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, who will throw the ceremonial first pitch.
Waldman is scheduled to play half of the Yankees’ squad until the end of the 2020 season.