CHICAGO -- Looking back, one of the best parts of Ryan Braun's big home run in the 2008 regular-season finale was having Bob Uecker's voice on the highlight.
"I've been fortunate to hit a couple of big homers, and to listen to his calls on those homers makes them all the more enjoyable," Braun said.
The longtime Brewers broadcaster will be honored with a statue outside Miller Park in a Friday afternoon ceremony. Manager Ron Roenicke, his coaches and a slew of current and former Brewers players will be in attendance.
The Brewers have a game against the Pirates later in the day with postseason implications for Pittsburgh, but this will be a can't-miss event.
"You know what you see on TV, and what you hear [on the radio], the persona of what Bob Uecker has done through media, film, television, radio," closer John Axford said. "And when you get to the ballpark and talk to him, you realize that is him. He's a great character, he's great to have in the clubhouse, and he's great to have around all the time. He livens things up. What you see is what you get from him, and it's awesome."
Roenicke has spent more time with Uecker than anyone. Uecker interviews the manager each day for a pregame segment, and he and Roenicke typically sit and chat before and after that brief Q&A.
The conversation sometimes veers away from baseball.
"He's a pretty special guy," Roenicke said. "I've really enjoyed the conversations when we're off the air. Every day, we usually talk about something other than what we're going to talk about on the show, and it's really been nice. I enjoy the friendship that we've had. It's incredible the stuff he has done in his career."