Torre, the Dodgers' manager and Uecker's onetime Milwaukee Braves teammate and roommate, said he sent a get-well message to Uecker via text after the Brewers' broadcaster underwent heart surgery last week.
Was Torre surprised to learn that the old-school Uecker was a texter?
"Not as surprised as I was to be texting," Torre joked.
Uecker called his old friend Torre before making his health issue public, and it came as no surprise that he delivered sobering news with a touch of his trademark humor.
"He's been that way at least for the part of his life that I know him, which is back into the early 1960s," Torre said.