In most cases, erecting a statue to someone in the very back row of a stadium would come across as a slap in the face. In the case of Miller Park’s planned Bob Uecker statue, nothing could be a greater compliment.
In fact, this could be the greatest statue idea since guys sitting on horses holding swords in the air.
The inspiration for the back row Uecker statue is of course Uecker’s famous Miller Lite commercial featuring the line “I must be in the front row.” As you will recall, Uecker did not get seats in the front row in that particular commercial.
In keeping with Uecker’s famous loser schtick, he ended up in the back row. The WAAAAY back row. Up where low flying aircraft become a concern.
And now there will be a statue in the Miller Park back row to commemorate Uecker’s on-air persona and all the laughs it has given us.
The real Uecker isn’t quite as much of a schlub as his beer commercials would indicate of course. The real Uecker, as we’ve learned from many a Norm Macdonald TV and radio appearance, is as sharp-witted as they come.
That back row statue would be perfect if it were only inscribed with the John Fogerty story. But unfortunately I don’t think our society is ready for that. Plus that would be a long inscription.