NEW YORK (AP) On the opening day of the 2007 baseball season, the New York Yankees welcome back longtime player and broadcaster Bobby Murcer, who is fighting cancer.
Murcer, a fan favorite, was back at the ballpark and in good spirits. The Oklahoma City native had surgery December 28th to remove a malignant brain tumor and recently underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments, which caused him to lose his hair.
Murcer says he feels terrific and that his strength has mostly returned.
He received hugs from Yogi Berra and Alex Rodriguez, among others, in the clubhouse before the game.
Murcer popped into the YES Network broadcast booth for some air time and was shown on the stadium's big video board.
He received a huge ovation from the crowd, which chanted "Bobby Murcer! Bobby Murcer!"
Yankees players tipped their caps from the top step of the dugout.
Murcer is eager to resume broadcasting regularly as soon as possible. He travels back and forth from his home in Oklahoma to Houston every month for cancer treatment.