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John Sterling upbeat despite losing 'everything' in apartment fire

John Sterling sits in his booth before a

John Sterling sits in his booth before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 25, 2009. Credit: AP

John Sterling said he felt "much better" Thursday afternoon following a long, harrowing night during which he realized all of the possessions in his New Jersey apartment had been lost to a fire that left hundreds displaced.

Appearing on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN radio, the Yankees' radio announcer said, "It's scary when you don't have any possessions, when everything is gone."

But Sterling said he is "very fortunate" that he can afford to replace things such as clothing. Among the losses Sterling said he suffered were all of his World Series rings other than the one from 2009, which he was wearing when he evacuated the building, his 12 Emmy Awards and pictures of relatives and celebrities, including him with Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush.

"I'm not possessions-oriented, not at all," Sterling told Kay. "I don't really care about inanimate objects."

Referring to the Emmys, he said, "I know I won them, so what's the difference?"

Sterling said it was more important to him that there was no loss of life in the fire that engulfed the Avalon in Edgewater, New Jersey. He also expressed appreciation for the outpouring of support and sympathy.

"It's very heartwarming," he said, later adding, "I heard from a guy I haven't heard from in about 50 years. It's been a very unusual time. The only thing that stops you is when you realize you have nothing. Everything went in that horrible fire."

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