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Posted: August 18, 2017, 11:10 AM Post
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RoCoBrewfan said:
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I guess im in the minority, but I dont need a lot of details on the game if im listening on the radio. I really enjoy the way Ueck calls it, spending more time gabbing about how terrible he was as a player, or talking about sausages and ice cream than really specific details of the at bat. I get more frustrated watching on TV and seeing the ump call a ball/strike on a bad pitch than I do listening to the radio and not having that grid visualization to ruin it.

Also, nothing is better than Ueck calling a homer and having it caught on the warning track. I love it. He gets so pumped and then deflated when he realizes he misjudged the hit.


I really don't mind Ueck's ultra-laid back style, it's just frustrating when something's happening in a game, and you can hear people cheering, and you KNOW something's happening, and he's not telling you what happened. Yesterday was a great example of that.


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Posted: August 19, 2017, 9:15 AM Post
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I'm going to go on my soapbox, the brewers should focus on getting guys with roots in Milwaukee. When they do they stay. This applies to tv stations, radio stations, sports teams, etc. When the brewers have a big search and find the "best candidate" they leave as soon as a better situation arises. When you hire a guy born here or played here for a long time, they stay. Really the only exception is Ted Davis and I guess you could say Brian Anderson since he has been here for 10 years now. Guys like Rock, Johnny Mac, McCarren, Homer have been doing games for 20 years plus because they are from here or played here.

When Ueck does hang it up, the brewers would be smart to find someone like Dillard, Gorman, etc. Someone with a personality but has roots in the community.


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Posted: January 20, 2018, 4:31 PM Post
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I don't have a good example, but I've heard a few (even from our stand-in announcers) that have left me thinking... wow, that was a terrible home run call. It was like they made a top 10 list in their hotel room and are trying them one-by-one to see what works. And they sound forced.

I'm pretty certain Uek's was spur of the moment and became iconic.

I was listening to the game it first happened. Mid-'80s, maybe? It was back when it was mostly road games on TV (channel 18, I believe), which is why I would've been listening to the radio. I want to think it was against Cleveland (I remember Andy Allanson being in the game, probably when he first came up with Cleveland rather than during his MIL tenure). The details are fuzzy, but I definitely remember the moment:

- The Brewers were down early by a ton (maybe 10-2 after 2 innings?). I distinctly remember an 8-run deficit.
- They kept chipping away and...
- Finally completed the comeback victory with a homer (walk-off, I think, to LF), and Ueck's response to the ball's flight was, "Get up... Get up.... Get outta here! Gone!"

I can't place the year or who hit the HR, but I'm pretty sure it was a home game. . . . (Now that I say this, I'm going to have to figure out how to look it up. BBRef, here I come.)

A few years later is when it started becoming chic for announcers to have their own unique HR call, a fad that grew tired very quickly. I don't care what any announcer's HR call is as long as they're good at calling a game.

I loved the balance that Ueck & Pat Hughes had, and then I learned to love Jim Powell as much or more, which I realized after he left for Atlanta. In the '80s Ueck wasn't great at keeping you current on all the details, but his counterpart always made up for it. Even now (because on the radio is how I catch most any game live) I think Ueck's still one of the best there is, flaws of style and age notwithstanding. For about 15 years starting in 1987, I did plenty of long drives across the region and country, back when you could find all sorts of teams' games on AM radio - especially late at night. It was then I began to realize just how good Uecker and Hughes/Powell were and how really blah-to-bad most other teams' announcers were by comparison.... I also realized quickly how good Corey Provus was, and still when I hear him here in Twins Territory, I still occasionally get fooled into thinking I'm hearing a Brewers broadcast -- and I wish he were back in MIL!


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Posted: January 20, 2018, 4:57 PM Post
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I think this is it -- May 20, 1986.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxe ... 5200.shtml

As I looked over the boxscore and play-by-play, much of it seemed familiar. Here's the short version.

- Down 8-0 after the top of the 1st. (Juan Nieves, NOT good.)
- Tied it in the bottom of the 4th (HRs by Sveum, Cooper, & Deer along the way, tied on an Oglivie SF).
- In the 7th, Earnest Riles singled for the lead. Paul Householder followed with a 3-run HR to open the lead to 12-8.
- Cleveland score 1 more on an Andy Allanson single.

I'm pretty sure the now-iconic Uecker HR call came on Householder's shot.

Fun side note: Dan Plesac was the winning pitcher.

Householder was a pretty highly thought-of prospect with the Reds who never fully lived up to his potential. He was then in St. Louis and we got him and 1B/OF Jim Adduci for peanuts from St. Louis and I was really excited about it. Adduci had a super-smooth swing. Householder did alright for his couple years in MIL, eventually becoming the starting LF. I remember sitting in the LF bleachers and watching him nail a runner from medium-deep LF on one of the most perfect throws to the plate (on the fly) I'd ever seen.


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Posted: January 20, 2018, 6:27 PM Post
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Corey Provus (back) is the obvious answer.


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Posted: January 20, 2018, 6:51 PM Post
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I'm quite sure Uecker's iconic HR call dates back well before 1986. More like 1975 or 76. I remember going to games in the 70's and making sure I got back to my car to hear the replays of the HR calls.


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Posted: June 26, 2020, 1:33 PM Post

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RoCoBrewfan said:
I really don't mind Ueck's ultra-laid back style, it's just frustrating when something's happening in a game, and you can hear people cheering, and you KNOW something's happening, and he's not telling you what happened.

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Posted: June 26, 2020, 2:41 PM Post
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For me it's about how they convey the current flow of the game that matters. The way I follow baseball is listening to it while doing other things. I want them to convey the (for lack of a better term) urgency of any given moment. If they're laid back and joking I know that moment is in a bit of a lull so there is no need to pay strict attention. During those times I really don't need to hear about the count, number of outs or the score. If there is intensity in their voice I know something worth hearing is going on. That's really the only time I care about the mechanics of the game like score, number of outs, balls and strikes and such. In those moments where nothing is really going on I do enjoy them giving me background information about players and the team and such as well.

There needs to be a King Thames version of the bible.


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