Suzyn Waldman is as good as her word.
The longtime Yankees radio voice was scheduled to sing the national anthem prior to Friday's home opener against the Red Sox -- all because of a promise she made to new Yankees ace Gerrit Cole.
The 73-year-old sports radio pioneer, one of the original regular voices on WFAN, was a stage performer long before she fielded calls from listeners or painted a verbal picture of the action on the diamond.
Sterling, though, was due to miss the Red Sox series as he continues to mend from recently feeling unwell.
Former Yankees star pitcher CC Sabathia was slated to throw out the first pitch.