MILWAUKEE As Bob Uecker stared up at his bronzed likeness, now immortalized just outside the walls of Miller Park, master of ceremonies Bob Costas asked him what he'd like to do with his new statue first.
"Get my money back," Uecker deadpanned, in a way only the legendary Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster could.
For months, Uecker had joked that he couldn't put together the money for a down payment on a statue that's why it hadn't arrived sooner. But in all seriousness or as serious as the 77-year-old broadcast can be Uecker took the stage on Friday afternoon in very much the same way as he always had. Quickly, in his own trademark self-deprecating style, Uecker's statue unveiling ceremony turned into more of a variety show than an honorary event.
Costas, who has long been a friend of Uecker since their time working together on NBC baseball broadcasts, opened the event in a way few, if any, statue unveilings have ever started.
"We are here somehow, for some reason, to unveil a ...