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MILWAUKEE — Back in the National League Championship Series for the first time since 2011, the Milwaukee Brewers decided to bring out the big gun, announcing that Mr. Baseball — Bob Uecker — will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday night’s Game 1.

Uecker, 83, held a pregame news conference in the Brewers’ interview room that was so packed that a few people quipped that tickets should have been sold. He fielded questions for a half-hour and probably could have kept going had Dodgers Game 2 starter Hyun-Jin Ryu and his interpreter not arrived for their scheduled media time.

It turned into a career retrospective for Uecker.

“The Tonight Shows and doing that stuff was easy,” he said. “Doing play-by-play (was hard), because I kept thinking about my friends here in Milwaukee. Guys that I grew up with, listening to the game, and here I am doing play-by-play, you know. And what they were thinking? That’s what I was thinking, what they thought of me.”

The beloved Uecker has been calling games for the Brewers since 1971, hired by former owner and commissioner of baseball Bud Selig. A Milwaukee native, Uecker has always returned

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