NEW YORK — John Sterling has called every New York Yankees game since 1989. That streak is about to end.
Feeling a little run down, the team’s radio play-by-play announcer will finally take a breather this weekend when the Yankees play a four-game series at Tampa Bay beginning Thursday — his 81st birthday. Ryan Ruocco will fill in, giving Sterling an eight-day respite that includes the All-Star break next week.
Sterling just got back from London, where the Yankees swept two games from the rival Boston Red Sox last weekend.
Sterling has worked 5,059 consecutive games — including the postseason, according to the team.