Bob Uecker is a HOF Broadcaster, and Also Your Grandpa

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(This is courtesy of WTMJ, from the Sunday game v. the Phillies)

I fancy myself fairly competent at various things. I can play a decent tuba. I’m an OK curler. I can fix your computer. I can … do whatever it is I do here. You may be good at things too — very good, even. I’m sure you worked long and hard at that thing, and you’re very proud of yourself. All of that being said, it pains me to bring up the fact that no matter what you’re good at, you will not be as good at that thing as Bob Uecker is at calling baseball games. Sorry.

The story isn’t the best one he’s ever told, but it’s a perfect example of how he can weave play-by-play with a narrative. You know where the game ends and the story begins (and vice versa), but it’s almost like the words don’t know. They just keep coming, playing off each other. Bob Uecker is all five parts in a jazz quintet. He’s everyone in the improv troupe, and he’s “yes, and”-ing the shit out of himself.

Did Charlie Sheen really say all those things? Probably not. I don’t care. Because Bob Uecker could read the User’s Manual for Adobe CS4, and I’d still listen. This is art. This is science. This is perfection.

 




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David G. Temple is the Managing Editor of TechGraphs and a contributor to FanGraphs, NotGraphs and The Hardball Times. He hosts the award-eligible podcast Stealing Home. Dayn Perry once called him a "Bible Made of Lasers." Follow him on Twitter @davidgtemple.


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STEALTH
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STEALTH
3 years 2 months ago

This is why I had to have an MLB Radio subscription until I moved back to Wisconsin. I just wish the new guy were as good of a partner for Ueck as Cory Provist was before he left last year.

Bookem
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Bookem
3 years 2 months ago

and why I tune in to a Brewer’s game when I find no other games compelling.

Adam
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Adam
3 years 2 months ago

You were definitely not Boss Hog (curling humor) this past weekend.

Mark Geoffriau
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Mark Geoffriau
3 years 2 months ago

He’s not the best play-by-play man in the league for nothing, folks!

Paul
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Paul
3 years 2 months ago

my favorite thing I’ve heard uecker say:

Robin Yount: “I knew Craig Counsel when he was a kid, as a ball boy at County Stadium”
Ueck: “I knew him as a fetus”
Yount: “What was he like then”
Ueck: (20 second pause) “small”

ColdAsIce
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ColdAsIce
3 years 2 months ago

There’s no need to puff up Uecker’s legend. In what way exactly does he “weave play-by-play with a narrative” here? A fan asked him about Charlie Sheen and he gave a boring, eventless anecdote.

eckmuhl
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eckmuhl
3 years 2 months ago

Not to hate on Eucker, exactly, but what I’ve found he’s best at: weaving into the play-by-play another excuse to shill Miller Lite.

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