That's baseball, Suzyn.
Long before Gerrit Cole put ink to paper and realized a boyhood dream, Yankees radio voice Suzyn Waldman made a promise to him: Sign with New York and you'll get to hear me sing the national anthem.
Well, prior to Friday night's Yankees home opener, Waldman kept that promise: She sang the anthem for an audience of Cole and everyone else who was allowed in the building.
Tonight's National Anthem was performed by Suzyn Waldman. Suzyn was the very first voice ever heard on WFAN radio. She has been a beat reporter, TV analyst, play by play broadcaster, and is the first and only woman ever to have a full-time analyst job with a Major League team. pic.twitter.com/9IEmHzzv6D— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 31, 2020
It's far from the first time Waldman used the mic for singing and not analyzing. The trailblazing, longtime analyst for the Yankees' radio network has sung the national anthem not only at Yankee Stadium but other baseball stadiums many times in the past, including prior to Game 7 of the 1986 ALCS at Fenway Park.
Suzyn Waldman is singing the National Anthem before tonight's Yankees home opener— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) July 31, 2020
She can really do it all pic.twitter.com/uE1OueHjMa
The 73-year-old Waldman was a stage actor in musicals long before heading up to the booth, where her pairing with play-by-play man John Sterling is in its 16th season for WFAN. And she's no stranger to New York's sports radio station, either: Her voice was the first heard on the station when it was launched in 1987.
Waldman was joined in the pregame by recently retired Yankees hurler CC Sabathia, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Cole.
After a beautiful rendition of the anthem by Suzyn Waldman, a slim CC Sabathia tosses the ceremonial 1st pitch to Gerrit Cole at Yankee Stadium. pic.twitter.com/VzNwkePMlB— Pete Caldera (@pcaldera) July 31, 2020
Waldman is slated to be half of the Yankees' broadcast booth through the end of the 2020 season.
This article has been updated.