New York Yankees announcer John Sterling pulled a fellow broadcaster out of a flooded car


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NEW YORK – New York Yankees broadcaster John Sterling was assisted on Wednesday night by Spanish radio player Rickie Ricardo from his flooded car after Sterling got stuck trying to drive home after a game.

Sterling and Ricardo called the game New York on Los Angeles Angels from Yankee Stadium because radio crews did not continue to travel with the COVID-19 protocol team.

Ricardo told WFAN on Thursday that Sterling, 83, was the first to leave the stadium after the game ended around 10pm, while Ricardo later remained on the Spanish show after the games.

Ricardo said that when he finally left the park, there was ankle-deep water in the lobby at Yankee Stadium, and he encountered several closed and flooded streets as Hurricane Ida trampled the east coast. The storm killed at least 12 people in New York, including one who drowned in a car and another 11 in basement apartments, police said.

Sterling’s broadcasting partner, Suzyn Waldman, called Ricardo as he tried to find his way to his New Jersey home and told him that Sterling was stuck in a car on River Road in Edgewater, New Jersey, just above the George Washington Bridge.

“I’ve seen how flooded the river road in Edgewater is, and with the kind of rain I can have, I can only imagine,” Ricardo said. “So I said, ‘Suzyn, I’m on my way. I know more or less where he lives. I’ll figure out where he is and see what I can do.”

Ricardo called Sterling and kept him on the phone until he found him in one of the approximately 25 vehicles stuck in the flood that covered the tires of most cars. Ricardo, who was driving the jeep, stopped behind Sterling’s car and helped him out of the vehicle. He said it took them an hour to find a clear path to Sterling’s apartment about half a mile away, but in the end he brought Sterling there safely.

TV broadcaster Michael Kay also said he had trouble returning home on Wednesday, tweeting that he plans to wait for the storm at Fordham University in the Bronx. He also tweeted photos of the pitch at Yankee Stadium completely underwater during the game.

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