Long before Gerrit Cole put ink to paper and realized a boyhood dream, Yankees radio voice Suzyn Waldman made a promise to Cole: Sign with New York and you get to hear me sing the national anthem.
Well, prior to tonight’s Yankees home opener, Waldman is keeping that promise, as she’s set to sing the national anthem for an audience of Cole and everyone else allowed in the building.
Among the Yankees’ pregame ceremonies before their home opener tonight: radio broadcaster Suzyn Waldman will sing the national anthem. She promised Gerrit Cole, long before he was a Yankee, she’d sing it if he signed with them. A promise is a promise.
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It’s far from the first time Waldman will use the mic for singing and not analyzing. The trailblazing, longtime analyst for the Yankees’ radio network has sung the national anthem at not only Yankee Stadium, but other baseball stadiums many times in the past, including prior to Game 7 of the 1986 ALCS at Fenway Park.
The 73-year-old Waldman was a stage actor in musicals long before heading up to the booth, where her pairing with play-by-play man John Sterling is in its 16th season for WFAN. And she’s no stranger to New York’s sports radio station either: Her voice was the first heard when the popular station launched in 1987.
Waldman will be joined on the field by recently retired Yankees hurler CC Sabathia, who will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
Waldman is slated to be half of the Yankees’ broadcast booth through the end of the 2020 season.