The Spanish-Language radio voice for the Yankees helped fellow announcer John Sterling out of a flooded automotive Wednesday night time because the remnants of Hurricane Ida wallopped the realm.
Rickie Ricardo appeared on the “Moose and Maggie Present” on WFAN and detailed the story, which ended with him serving to the 83-year-old Sterling out of his automotive and into Ricardo’s SUV to drive him the ultimate half-mile to his residence.
Ricardo mentioned he obtained a telephone name on his approach residence from Yankee Stadium — the place the Yankees announcers have been broadcasting street video games due to COVID-19 — from Sterling’s on-air associate Suzyn Waldman.
Waldman mentioned Sterling was caught on the aspect of River Highway in Edgewater, N.J. after leaving The Bronx following calling the Yankees’ 4-1 win in Anaheim towards the Angels.
“Suzyn requested me the place are you?’ I mentioned, ‘I’m working my approach throughout higher Manhattan to get to the [George Washington] Bridge to get to New Jersey,’” Ricardo mentioned throughout the radio interview. “She says ‘John is caught on River Highway in Edgewater.’
“Now, I do know for years, I’ve seen how unhealthy it will get flooded on River Highway in Edgewater, and with the sort of rain we had, I can solely think about. So I mentioned, ‘Suzyn, I’m on my approach. I kind of know the place he lives. I’ll determine the place he’s at and see what I can do.’”
As soon as Ricardo bought over the bridge he tried to achieve Sterling’s cellphone, however with service “sort of spotty” it took “about 10 tries” for John to reply.
“Very calm, I say ‘John, it’s Rickie, the place are you?’” Ricardo continued. “John is at nighttime, as a result of all of the lights are out, and attempting to explain to me the place he’s at. ‘Oh, I’m in entrance of this Chinese language restaurant, on the nook is a bagel store.’ He’s in his automotive and the water’s rising, so in my thoughts’s eye, I’m attempting to determine the place he’s.
“I mentioned ‘John, simply stick with me right here on the telephone, I’m over the bridge, I’m coming down River Highway now, I’m coming down slowly as a result of I don’t need to hit one thing. Hold in there, buddy I’m coming to get you.’”
When Ricardo arrived on the marina space that Sterling described, he claims he noticed “no less than 25 vehicles stranded in all completely different instructions” till lastly recognizing his pal’s automotive.
“I pull up and John says ‘Is that you simply?’ I mentioned, ‘Yeah it’s me. I’m flashing my lights I’m now behind you, I’m as shut as I may get,” Ricardo mentioned. “As a result of his automotive, his wheels, now are utterly coated by water. [There’s] water within the cabin. I get as shut as I can and mentioned ‘Let me enable you to out.’
Ricardo says he then rolled up his pant legs and informed Sterling to gather his registration and no matter he wanted from his automotive earlier than serving to him outdoors.
“John will get out, we wade our approach via the water,” Ricardo mentioned. “I get him into my Jeep. We lastly get John settled. He’s slightly shell-shocked and I don’t blame him. After which the journey is to get the additional half-mile from the place he was stranded to his residence. Not more than a half a mile. It took us about an hour.”
Ricardo mentioned they had been aided by “very good” North Bergen and Edgewater law enforcement officials once they encountered a number of closed roads throughout the short-distanced drive.
“It was a jigsaw puzzle and I lastly bought John residence, moist, about an hour and a half, possibly shut to 2 hours after the sport ended,” Ricardo mentioned. “By the point I dropped John off at his constructing, I reside a couple of mile from him, and that took me one other hour, actually. So I bought residence about 1:15 within the morning. It was wonderful.”
Ricardo was slated to fly residence to Florida on Thursday’s off-day for the Yankees, however his morning flight from Newark was delayed and in the end canceled.
Earlier within the interview, he’d said that the foyer at Yankee Stadium additionally was “utterly flooded” with “water above your ankle” when he departed following the sport.