In the sixth inning of this afternoon’s ballgame, Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit walked to the plate to face Brewers reliever Todd Coffey after Garrett Jones hit a two-out double. The game was knotted at seven and Pirates' fans near the Brewers’ radio booth were calling for a pinch-hit appearance by first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Unbeknownst to them, however, the elder LaRoche had been traded to the Red Sox shortly before the game, so he was obviously not available. Brewers' radio announcer and good samaritan Bob Uecker decided to take a pause from the broadcast to let the fans in on the deal.
Say what you want about Bob’s penchant for going into the “Get Up! Get Up!” call a tad too early once or twice a week or the occasional game where he’ll use more air time on stories than play-by-play, especially if the Brewers are behind by a few runs, but I never want to listen to a Brewers' game without Ueck behind the mic. I doubt I’ve ever gone a whole game without him making me laugh out loud at least once.