Bob Trainor may have been very confused to find out that he was dead while still being very much alive.
Over the weekend, many figures in the New York sports media paid tribute to Bob Trainor, a longtime fixture in locker rooms who was said to have passed away.
During Sunday night’s New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays game, YES Network announcers gave a touching eulogy for him.
“Sad news,” YES Network announcer Michael Kay said during Sunday’s broadcast. “If you’ve ever been around a Major League ballpark in any of the sporting events in New York – football, basketball, hockey – you saw Bob Trainor there, and he passed away today. 40 year fixture in all of the clubhouses, and our condolences go out to Bob’s family and friends.
“He was really part of the fabric of New York Sports, and he was one to collect sound and the voices you would hear on the radio, that could be the sound that Bob Trainor picked up.
“So, he passed away, and again, our condolences go out to his family and friends.”
However, Trainor is still alive.
Mike Mancuso, a reporter for WFAN and CBS Sports Radio, spoke to the man during the holiday weekend.
“Friends, something didn’t feel right about the various reports of Bob’s passing, so I reached out and BOB called me this morning,” Mancuso tweeted. “HAPPY to say he’s alive and doing well. Bob is thankful for all the kind words. My sincere apologies for responding to reports without confirmation.”