Friday, July 23, 2010

Music to our ears

Eight of the sweetest words we like to hear:

Get up! Get Up! Get outta here! Gone!

Bob Uecker's signature home run call is a beautiful thing, and we hope to hear it again many times now that the Milwaukee Brewers radio announcer is back in the booth and the boys are back in town for a homestand.

We were stunned by a Journal-Sentinel online poll showing that only 68 percent of 2,700 respondents voted for Ueck's return. The others say he should just kick back and relax.  A nice sentiment, but the Brewers are nine games under .500. We need him back now for comic relief!

Baseball hasn't been the same here since Uecker took a break for heart surgery back in April.  The Milwaukee native (though he has said he was actually born in Illinois during an oleo run his father and pregnant mother were making) is often the main reason to tune into Brewers broadcasts.

Here's hoping things won't be as bad on the field as they were one night a few years back when Uecker, with the Crew trailing 8-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning, cracked: "Well, just a couple of slammers and the Brewers are right back in this one."

With Uecker it's not so much whether you win or lose but how you call the game.  Welcome back, Mr. Baseball.