LADY AT THE BAT: Murcer Returns To The Bronx

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Murcer Returns To The Bronx

Opening Day at Yankee Stadium yesterday was filled remembrances of lives lost. Moments of silence were held for former commissioner Bowie Kuhn and Yankee great Hank Bauer. Melanie Lidle, widow of Cory Lidle, and Christopher, his son, threw out ceremonial first pitches. But the New York Yankees also welcomed back a beloved favorite. Bobby Murcer (above, with his wife, Kay) returned to the Bronx amidst cheers from fans, his colleagues in the broadcast booth and even players, who made their way to the top steps of the Yankee dugout to seek him out in the press box.

Murcer is undergoing treatment for brain cancer, and though he had wanted to join the team in Spring training this year, he was unable to make it. I began to fear that he'd never make it back. During the game broadcast yesterday, announcer Michael Kay said a special guest would be in the booth at the top of the next inning. Thinking it was Rudy Giuliani (who often comes into the Yankee broadcast booth), I cringed. Whenever Giuliani makes an appearance in the booth I change the channel. But a second later, when Kay announced that it would be Bobby Murcer, I smiled with relief and left the remote alone.

The former Yankee outfielder and long-time broadcaster is doing just great. He looks terrific and sounds even better. He joked about his doctors giving him a new brain, saying he told them to put in a memory chip. He also said he's in fashion right now, because of what Britney Spears did and that he always wanted to Be Like Mike.

While there's no timetable for Murcer's official return to the broadcast booth, he's hoping to be back behind the mic as soon as possible. Hurry back, Bobby.

The Lady

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