Yankees announcer, John Sterling, to break his 30 year streak

The New York Yankees logo is seen behind home plate at Yankee Stadium in New York following a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Friday, May 3, 2013. The Athletics won 2-0. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

For three decades, the voice of John Sterling and the New York Yankees have been synonymous to New Yorkers. He’s announced every Yankees game on KFAN radio since 1989, not skipping a single one.

But Sterling’s 30-year streak is about to be broken. The 80-year-old announcer has revealed he’s not making the trip to Tampa Bay this week for the Yanks’ series against the Rays. Sterling, who turns 81 on Thursday, says he’s decided it’s time for him to slow down a bit — even if it means breaking his steak. “As far as the streak going, a streak is a streak,” Sterling says. “It’s just numbers.”

The veteran broadcaster says he’ll be back on the air following the All-Star break, but it’s not clear if he intends to miss all future road trips with the team.

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