Uecker will cut back on his travel schedule
Legendary Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker said Thursday he will cut back his travel schedule for first time during 2014 season.
Uecker, who just turned 79, told Newsradio WTMJ 620 and MLB.com he will still do all home games.
Uecker said he talked to legendary colleagues Vin Scully of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Marty Brennaman of the Cincinnati Reds, each of whom has taken some games off in recent seasons.
Uecker delivered a one-liner with his trademark deadpan before a chuckle escaped.
"I saw (Brewers manager Ron) Roenicke at the 'On Deck' deal Sunday," Uecker said, "and I told him I'd like to take one more shot at becoming active during those games I'm not going to broadcast."
Uecker, who will be entering his 44th season calling games for his hometown team, stressed that he is in good health.
"Sooner or later, you have to bend a little bit," said Uecker, who is getting a second statue at Miller Park this summer. "And that's what I'm going to do. I'm not saying that I won't work games down to the end of the season, and if indeed there's the possibility of the playoffs or anything else, I'm going to do that.
"But now is the time for me to kind of take a few games off once in a while and enjoy myself. Not that I don't enjoy the games, because I always do. You guys know that. I'm at home at the ballpark as much as I am in my own house.
"But I had some hip surgery in November, and I'm regrouping from that yet. We've got spring training coming up a few weeks down the road, and I'm going to work the spring games and then go from there. It's just a personal thing.
"This is my 59th year (in professional baseball) coming up, so that's enough on an everyday basis. I know I'm going to miss it, each and every game. The games that I don't do, I'll certainly be listening to, and I'll miss them. I know I will. You don't do this stuff -- especially in Milwaukee -- for 44 years and not miss it."