For Pete's Sake

Petition wants Bob Uecker in broadcast booth for World Series instead of Joe Buck

Some have dubbed this year’s World Series as a battle of the movies: “Major League” vs. “Rookie of the Year.”

The Cleveland Indians won the division in the 1989 flick “Major League,” while the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in the 1993 movie “Rookie of the Year.”

One of the highlights of “Major League” was Bob Uecker, who portrayed Indians announcer Harry Doyle. The long-suffering announcer has one liners like: “He walks the bases loaded on 12 straight pitches. How can these guys lay off pitches that close?”

**Raise your hand if that reminds you of former Royals pitcher Miguel Ascencio, who started his big-league career by throwing 16 straight balls in a 2002 game against the White Sox**

In reality, Uecker has been a Milwaukee Brewers announcer for the last 46 years. And some fans think he should be in the booth for the World Series, which starts Tuesday night in Cleveland.

There is a Change.org petition that hopes to get 50,000 signatures. As of Tuesday morning, there were 45,539 signatures.

This is part of what was written in the petition: “The Cleveland Indians are in the World Series. Bob Uecker is Bob Uecker — a national treasure. And his portrayal of an Indians broadcaster in the movie ‘Major League’ is all-time great. Replacing Joe Buck with Uecker would put one of the truly great entertainers in the game on its biggest stage.”

As usual, Buck is having fun with this. He tweeted this:

Tom Haudricourt, the Brewers beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, said Uecker prefers to keep the focus on the teams:

Going back to the petition, it includes a link to this video of Uecker’s work in “Major League.” Enjoy.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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