While the Yankees’ 2008 home opener against Toronto was delayed by at least a day, one prominent Bomber has fully prepared himself for the absence of a key Stadium fixture. From the New York Times’ Tyler Kepner :

It won™t be Bob Sheppard (above) at the microphone today when the lineups are introduced here at windy, drizzly Yankee Stadium for the final opening day. Sheppard is recovering from an illness and hopes to be back by midseason.

But Sheppard™s voice will still be heard. Last season, Derek Jeter took a step to make sure of that.

œOne of the things I had him do was record him introducing me, Jeter said a few minutes ago, œso I™ll always come to the plate with Bob Sheppard.

The Captain sense of history is admirable, but he might have all sorts of recording to take care of. Michael Kay’s not gonna live forever.