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Milwaukee Brewers Give Biggest Honor Ever to Broadcaster Bob Uecker

“You can’t ask for a bigger honor.”

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You can’t ask for a bigger honor than the one the Milwaukee Brewers bestowed on long-time broadcaster Bob Uecker.

Clearly the players consider Bob one of their own, but the players did not serve Bob with mere lip service to tell him so. They spoke with their wallets!

Of course, Uecker once played for the Brewers way back in the 1960s. But, if what the team did for Bob last year is any indication, as far as they are concerned, the broadcast legend is still on the roster.

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Uecker caught in the big leagues from 1962-1967, including with the Milwaukee Braves, before returning to town as a broadcaster in 1971. Now 85 years old, Uecker still works as the beloved radio play-by-play man for the Brewers.

And when the Brewers made playoffs last fall, the players voted to give Uecker a full playoff share worth $123,000. Uecker, a man known for his sense of humor, couldn’t help but get choked up when he heard the news.

“To include me in that, I couldn’t believe it,” Uecker said. “I said, ‘I don’t believe it. Really?’ I’ve tried to make sure I thanked every one of them.”

It was apparent how much the Brewers love Uecker when they doused him in champagne after they clinched their first playoff spot in seven years. Uecker told the Journal Sentinel that the players made sure he joined them in the clubhouse to celebrate. Otherwise, the champagne would have made its way up to the broadcast booth.

The team members really love Bob, apparently.

“Bob belongs in a baseball clubhouse. He fits. He gets it. His sense of humor doesn’t have an age span. It plays to all audiences. The guys love having him around,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

It is actually a pretty amazing honor for the team to cut Bob in on the playoffs cash.

Indeed, at his age and net worth, the money is not the thing. It is the honor that the team included him as a worthy member that deserved a cut.

What could b a bigger honor?

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