Brian Gaynor 2 Cents Worth: Uecker saw a real-life ordeal from front row
As a player, Bob Uecker was laughable, a .200 career hitter and a catcher who, in part-time duty, led the National League in errors and passed balls in his final season, 1967.
So it was only natural that he followed a comedic route to television commercials and film and fashioned a Hall of Fame broadcasting career built on wit and humor.
But the 75-year-old, who told the associated Press on Friday that he may resume calling Brewers games in June, was deadly serious in talking about having his aortic valve, aortic root and part of his ascending aorta replaced, as well as having a coronary bypass, two weeks ago.
“It was an experience,” he said. “I don’t want to go through it again.”
The good news is that Uecker’s recovery is ahead of schedule and that he showed up at Miller Park on Friday with color in his face and a ready line in his pocket, showing he must be feeling better.
“I don’t know if I’m as good as I look a couple of beers will make your face blush,” Uecker quipped.
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