Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Eric Nadel shares his top five calls
By Richard Durrett
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Eric Nadel, who is now in the Hall of Fame, shared his top five calls as a Texas Rangers broadcaster during a conference call with reporters Wednesday. Nadel will be honored with the 2104 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 26, 2014. Here are Nadel's top five moments in order:
1. Rangers' pennant-clinching moment against the New York Yankees in 2010: Neftali Feliz struck out Alex Rodriguez. "That was such an emotional moment. The ballpark just exploded in joy. It was maybe the most exciting, most emotional moment of my life."
2. Nolan's 5,000th strikeout in 1989: "It was a big national event and it was first time I got to make a dramatic call. I was so happy. I was doing the middle innings then and it just happened to come up. My call was on the TV highlight that ran nationally because the game wasn't televised locally in Texas. My mother got to see it on the 'Today Show' in New York."
3. Rangers' second pennant in 2011: The Rangers went back to the World Series for a second consecutive year. That victory was a blowout over the Detroit Tigers in Game 6.
4. Rangers score 30 runs in Baltimore in 2007: "Ramon Vazquez hit a home run in the ninth in Baltimore to make the Rangers the first team in the Modern Era of baseball history to score 30 in a game.
5. Josh Hamilton's four-homer night in Baltimore in 2012: "That was incredible."