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Bob Sheppard will miss opener but plans to be back in '08

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Bob Sheppard is feeling better and plans to return to the Yankees' p.a. booth sometime this season, but not in time for the opener.

I spoke to him Tuesday. He sounded upbeat and strong. Sheppard said his voice is fully recovered from the bronchial infection that knocked him out of the ALDS, but apparently the rest of him still is not quite ready to make the trip from his Baldwin home to the Bronx.

Barring some sort of setback, he should be back sometime this summer and if all goes well help send off the old stadium this fall.

Sheppard, who served for 50 years as the Giants' p.a. announcer, said he watched Super Bowl XLII and enjoyed it very much.

As a journalist, obviously I should have mentioned Mr. Sheppard's presumed age in the newspaper article about him. But he is famously reluctant to discuss that subject and I have tried to avoid it since I speculated about it in an article in the early 1990s and he got quite upset with me.

Let's just say he is older than Yankee Stadium and leave it at that.

(UPDATE: I forgot that Newsday's venerable baseball scribe, Ken Davidoff, wrote about a month ago that Mr. Sheppard recently signed a two-year extension with the team. Not bad for a guy older than, um, Ebbets Field.)

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