New York Yankees spokesman John Sterling was pulled out of a flooded automotive by one other broadcaster
NEW YORK – New York Yankees broadcaster John Sterling was helped out of his flooded car by Spanish radio play man Rickie Ricardo on Wednesday night after Sterling got stuck trying to drive home after a game.
Sterling and Ricardo both called New York’s Los Angeles Angels game from Yankee Stadium because the radio teams weren’t back with the team as part of COVID-19 protocols.
Ricardo told WFAN on Thursday that Sterling, 83, was the first to leave the stadium after the game ended around 10 p.m., while Ricardo later stayed for a Spanish post-game show.
Ricardo said when he finally got out of the park the Yankee Stadium lobby was water up to his ankles, and he encountered several closed and flooded streets as the remnants of Hurricane Ida struck the east coast. The storm killed at least 12 people in New York City, including one drowned in a car and 11 others in basement apartments, police said.
Sterling’s broadcast partner, Suzyn Waldman, called Ricardo when he was trying to find a way to his New Jersey home and told him that Sterling was in his car on River Road in Edgewater, New Jersey, just past the George Washington Bridge stuck.
“I’ve seen the bad flood on River Road in Edgewater, and with the kind of rain we’ve had, I can only imagine,” Ricardo said. “So I said, ‘Suzyn, I’m on my way. I more or less know where he lives. I’ll find 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 about 25 vehicles that were stuck in a flood that covered the tires of most cars. Ricardo, who drives a jeep, stopped behind Sterling’s car and helped him get out of the vehicle. He said it took them an hour to find a free way to Sterling’s apartment, which was about half a mile away, but he eventually got Sterling there safely.
TV broadcaster Michael Kay also said it was struggling to get home on Wednesday and tweeted that it plans to wait out the storm at Fordham University in the Bronx. He also tweeted photos of the outfield at Yankee Stadium, which was completely underwater during the game.