“I’m in the front row.” Or not.

January 23, 2014

Unlike the celebrities in this NY Times story, like Bob Uecker, famously does not sit in the front row. And to drive that point home, the Milwaukee Brewers will honor their long-time broadcaster with a statute in the last row at their home Miller Park. Uecker was the “star” of a number of Miller Lite commercials back in the day, but I can’t find that particular spot where he uttered his signature line online.

I once met Uecker several years ago when I was working as a free-lancer for STATS during a Mets-Brewers game (this was an interleague contest, before Milwaukee was transferred to to the NL). It was after the Mets murdered the Brewers, who made several errors. We were in the press elevator together, just the two of us, and I felt I had to say something. So I told him how much I had admired his “work” as a humorist, including his book, Catcher In Wry Can . He said thanks then let loose a string of profanities about the poor play of his team, and not in a funny way.


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