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Bob Uecker prepping for 41st season after two heart surgeries

Dec 23, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

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Adam McCalvy of caught up with legendary Brewers announcer Bob Uecker, who’s spending the offseason in Arizona resting up after undergoing two heart surgeries this year and plans to return to the broadcast booth for his 41st season in 2011.

At age 75 he “plans to work a full schedule” of games and Uecker told McCalvy that he’s looking forward to spring training more than ever after a 2010 filled with health problems:

It makes you appreciate things around you that you don’t pay a lot of attention to normally. It makes you appreciate your job. It makes you appreciate all of the guys who worked on me and all of the great baseball fans who say they want you back. There’s no way I’m going to quit. I wouldn’t know what the heck to do. I feel good. When I start slobbering, then it will be a different story. They won’t have to tell me when to quit. I’ll know.

McCalvy described Uecker as “choking up” when discussing the outpouring of fan support he received while in the hospital. In four decades calling Brewers games it was just the second time he’s missed a large number of games.

  1. hep3 - Dec 23, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Good for Bob Uecker and Milwaukee fans. I remember seeing him on Johnny Carson a hundred years ago and Johnny asked about his signing bonus from the Braves.

    “Well, Johnny, it was $500. The Braves wanted $1,000, but my ol’ man would only give ’em $500 to sign me.”

  2. sabosgoggles - Dec 23, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Yeah, but is he in the best shape of his life?

    Sorry, couldn’t resist. Uecker’s one of the best things about baseball, and I wish him all the best.

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