MILWAUKEE -- Friends and colleagues rallied Saturday around legendary Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker, who was back to work at Miller Park the day after his son, Steve, passed away. Ryan Braun put an arm around the popular Uecker, who is in his 42nd season calling games for his hometown team. Randy Wolf whispered a message in Uecker's ear. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, a former Brewers player, asked to meet Uecker on the field for a chat. Others offered handshakes and messages of support. "This is where I belong," Uecker told well-wishers.
The Brewers announced late Friday that Steve Uecker, whom his dad called "a true cowboy," had succumbed to Valley Fever. The disease occurs in the southwestern U.S. and Central and South America when a fungus enters the body through the lungs. Saturday should have been Steve Uecker's 53rd birthday. A private memorial is scheduled for Monday morning, and Bob Uecker plans to continue working his full schedule. The Brewers begin a four-game series in Chicago on Monday night. "His loss is our loss, and we share his sadness today," Brewers chairman and principal owner Mark Attanasio said in a statement Friday night. Steve is survived by his father and mother, Joyce, brother Bob Jr., sisters Sue and Leann, and several nieces.