Texas Rangers’ Hall of Fame Broadcaster Eric Nadel Reflects on Calling the Team’s First World Series Title
Texas Rangers’ legendary broadcaster Eric Nadel recently joined The Hardline on Sportsradio 96.7 FM/1310 The Ticket (KTCK-AM) to discuss his experience in calling the Rangers’ historic first-ever World Series title and to relive the unforgettable championship night. Here are some of the highlights from the interview:
Overwhelmed by the Experience
When asked about his feelings, Nadel expressed being overwhelmed by the whole experience. He acknowledged the powerful impact the victory had on Rangers fans, particularly those who had endured the heartbreaking Game 6 nightmare in 2011. Nadel emphasized the joy of witnessing fans, both young and old, finally celebrate their team’s championship. He described it as an overwhelming, powerful, and emotional experience, expressing gratitude for being a part of it.
A Surprisingly Quick Journey
Reflecting on the Rangers’ journey to the World Series title, Nadel shared his initial skepticism. He recalled a conversation with former player Chris Young, who predicted the team’s success shortly after getting the job in December 2020. Nadel admitted not believing Young’s prediction, considering the team’s previous struggles and the unlikely possibility of significant financial investments from ownership. Going from 68 wins to needing 90 or more seemed improbable. However, the Rangers defied expectations and achieved the championship in a surprisingly quick manner.
The Impact of Nadel’s Call
Nadel’s call of the final moments of the World Series made the victory feel real for many Rangers fans who had doubted the team’s ability to finish the job. Nadel acknowledged the scars left by the 2011 Game 6 defeat and expressed relief that the collective psyche of Rangers fans could finally move past it. He mentioned the importance of embracing the positive memories of players like Nelson Cruz and even forgiving opponents like David Freese. Nadel even contemplated revisiting the infamous Game 6 play, which had previously been too painful to watch or hear.
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