For the first time since John Sterling's first season as the voice of the New York Yankees he will miss a game. This Thursday is not only July 4th, it's also Sterling's 81st birthday and his first day off in 30 years.

Sterling joined the Yankees in 1989, in that season he missed two games due to the death of his sister Jane. So basically for three decades if you were listening to Yankees' baseball John Sterling was the voice on your radio. Sterling has been under the weather lately and WFAN asked him to take a break to stay strong for the long season.  “For the moment, I’m a little under the weather,” Sterling told The Post. “I’ve put in the time. I want to feel better and they think this is the time for me to do it — and I agree.”

Susan Waldman will be joined by Ryan Rucco starting Thursday and miss that four game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Meaning he gets to stay in New York through the All Star break and then he would return to work for a ten game home stand to start the second half of the season.

I know I speak for everyone when I say feel better John, Yankees baseball wouldn't be the same without you!