Brewers to honor Uecker with statue
There's only one person in baseball who would feel honored to have a statue in the last row of a ballpark.
His name is Bob Uecker.
The Milwaukee Brewers announced Wednesday they will honor Uecker, their Hall of Fame radio voice, with a statue in the last row of the Terrace Level at Miller Park. Uecker already has a statue outside of the ballpark, joining those of Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and Bud Selig.
The new statue will pay tribute to the popular Miller Lite “All Stars” advertising campaign that featured Uecker's famous tagline, “I must be in the front row.” In the commercial, Uecker ended up in the last row of the ballpark instead of the great seats he expected.
The statue will sit atop the Uecker Seats in the Terrace Level (Section 422) and will feature an open seat next to it, providing a perfect photo opportunity for fans. It will be dedicated on the afternoon of Friday, April 25, with more details provided as that date approaches.
“I can't think of a better place to put this statue,” Uecker said. “This will be great for fans and even better for pigeons. You might even be able to see a little part of the field.”
The statue was designed by Brian Maughan, the artist of the four statues outside of Miller Park on the Home Plate Plaza. The statue will be made of bronze but will also have color effects.
“Bob Uecker is synonymous with the Brewers and his famous 'I must be in the front row' tagline is iconic,” said Brewers chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger. “This statue will definitely become a destination for fans visiting Miller Park.”
The Brewers added seven players from their farm system to their list of non-roster invitees to spring training.
They are pitchers David Goforth and Dustin Molleken, catchers Cameron Garfield and Adam Weisenburger and outfielders Mitch Haniger, Kentrail Davis and Kevin Mattison.
Goforth and Haniger are two of the Brewers' top prospects and excelled in the Arizona Fall League in 2013.
The Brewers now have 17 non-roster players invited to camp. Those previously invited were pitchers Zach Duke and Michael Olmsted, catchers Robinzon Diaz and Matt Pagnozzi and infielders Mark Reynolds, Lyle Overbay, Irving Falu, Taylor Green, Hector Gomez and Eugenio Velez.