The Yankees' tribute to late owner George Steinbrenner and public address announcer Bob Sheppard will take place tonight before the 7:05 p.m. game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees recommend that attendees arrive by 6:45 p.m. According to the Post, "The observance will include a video tribute to The Boss and a special moment of silence honoring both Steinbrenner and longtime 'Voice of God' announcer Bob Sheppard, who died Sunday at 99."
A wreath will be placed in front of Steinbrenner's statue in Yankee Stadium's Executive Lobby while another will be placed in front of Sheppard's plaque in Monument Park. There will also be tributes to the pair before tomorrow's Old Timer's Game. The Yankees will be wearing patches Sheppard—on their sleeve—and for Steinbrenner—over their heart (patch pictured, left)—for the rest of the season.
The Daily News' Bill Madden is upset no Yankees players went to Sheppard's funeral yesterday: "It was just too bad that not a single player whose name Sheppard introduced, ever so properly and eloquently, over 57 years as the Yankees' P.A. announcer, was among those paying their final respects to the 'Voice of God.' Even if one player - certainly one among the former players employed by the team for this very purpose - would have shown up, it would have provided the touch of class George Steinbrenner always made sure to exhibit in these circumstances."
Update: Apparently reports that traffic from the Meadowbrook State Parkway crash delayed Yankees players from attending the funeral are incorrect, at least per a Yankees spokesman. ESPN New York reports:
"We didn't organize any bus for the players," Yankee publicist Jason Zillo told ESPNNewYork.com. "I don't know about any bus."
Asked if it would have been his responsibility to arrange for team transportation, Zillo said, "I would think so."
And a NY State Police spokesman said, "I happened to pass the accident site. I saw the procession pass by without any problems. There was no traffic whatsoever."