Brewers On Deck Wrap Up

Record numbers turned out for Brewers On Deck on Sunday.

Brewers vice president Rick Schlesinger just told me that 11,299 fans
turned out today for the team’s “On Deck” fan event at the Frontier
Airlines Center.

That turnout is a record for the four-year event, surpassing the 10,600 who attended last year.

Adam McCalvy has a post covering some of the major league portion of the event. (Thanks to Brew Crew Ball for the pointer).

You know who is looking forward to 2011?  Mr. Baseball.

Bob Uecker is the first to admit that he lives and dies baseball.
But, as he was so starkly reminded by undergoing two serious heart
operations in 2010, the game itself is not life and death.

“The doctors
said they didn’t want to do it a third time,” said the Milwaukee
Brewers’ Hall of Fame radio voice. “In this case, it’s three strikes and
you’re really out.”

Uecker, who
celebrated his 76th birthday a few days back, is looking forward to a
much brighter 2011, both on the personal health front and the Brewers’
fortunes on the field. As he prepared to participate in the club’s
“Brewers On Deck” fan event Sunday at the Frontier Airlines Center, the
baseball juices got flowing again.

“I’m excited
about it; I really am,” said Uecker, who has spent most of the winter at
his second home in Scottsdale, Ariz. “I think the Brewers are looking
pretty good.”

Like many of
the team’s fans, Uecker was re-energized by the team’s off-season
acquisitions of starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum.
Starting pitching had been the team’s primary weakness over the past two
seasons, knocking them out of the NL Central race in 2010 before the
end of May.

“As always,
everything hinges on what happens on the field, but it’s looking pretty
good,” Uecker said in a telephone interview. “The Greinke thing looks
really good. From what I’ve heard about him, he’s the real deal.

“Offense
hasn’t been a problem for us. Now, with this pitching staff, I think
they’ve put the team in a spot where we can be competitive.”

Read all of Tom Haudricourt’s article.  And remember, we are just over nine weeks to Opening Day

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