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Extry, Extry: Bob Uecker Interview to Run Friday

Either a little bird or the official site of Major League Baseball — I’m not telling which — has informed this author that Bob Uecker is the feature guest on MLB Network’s “Studio 42 with Bob Costas,” airing this Friday at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

Uecker, in the event that you’re unaware, currently holds the title of Best Person Imaginable, an honor bestowed upon him by all the gods of all the different religions. Also, for reasons I’m pretty sure I made clear over over at Larry Granillo’s Wezen-Ball this past July, Uecker has distinguished himself for his capacity to navigate the rough waters of life with apparent ease.

Because of MLB.com’s video policy, you’ll have to follow this link to watch the teaser for show. In the meantime do please (a) watch that video up there with Norm McDonald and/or (b) revel in the following anecdote, about the guest appearance Costas made in Uecker’s booth this past August.

Costas was in Milwaukee for a ceremony to honor Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig, and stopped by the radio booth for what was supposed to be a quick visit. Uecker talked Costas into calling a few innings, including a very tough sixth for Brewers left-hander Manny Parra.

“A ringing single for David Eckstein,” Costas quipped at one point, “who, in my view, is the perfect size for an American male.”

As the Padres knocked Parra around, Costas noted that some in the Miller Park crowd had begun to voice some displeasure.

“Bob, don’t take it personally,” Uecker said. “The booing will stop.”