Giant Bob Uecker statue will dwarf and mock the Bronze Fonz
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In a delightful bit of news fit for a delightful day, the Milwaukee Brewers have announced that they will honor legendary announcer Bob Uecker this summer with a bronze statue outside of Miller Park. The statue will stand over seven feet tall, and will be located near the Home Plate Plaza. An unveiling ceremony is scheduled for August 31. According to Brewers’ owner Mark Attanasio:
The joy that Bob has brought to us over the years is priceless, and with 2012 being the 50th Anniversary of his first Major League game, there’s no better time than now to celebrate his achievements. He is an iconic figure for the franchise, and his passion for the Brewers is second-to-none. Bob is a national treasure who calls Wisconsin home. I’m proud to have him as a great friend. I couldn’t be happier to add this statue to his legacy.
Uecker, in turn, had this to say when asked why it took so long for a statue to be dedicated to him:
It was kind of a finance thing. I couldn’t come up with the right package. I didn’t have enough for the downpayment. Once we got that taken care of, the monthly stipend, with the present administration, the way things have been going, I’ve been trying to put away a little on the side because when they put one of these things up, it means you're getting close to the end. So, to have something available in case I go before this thing gets up, is my main concern right now.
The honor means that Uecker will join three other statue-honored Brewers legends: Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, and Bud Selig—none of whom ever appeared in any of the Major League movies. The Bronze Ueck will also surely put the strangely diminutive Bronze Fonz to shame, and return Milwaukee to its former bronzing glory.