Results tagged ‘ World Series ’

The Rangers’ Closer: Eric Nadel

33 years.  That’s how long Eric Nadel has been broadcasting Texas Rangers’ baseball. 

33 years.

It’s the longest tenure of any broadcaster in the history of the Rangers’ franchise and the second longest continuous current stint with one team in the American League.

The events of last night’s World Series Game 6 need no further discussion for Rangers’ fans.  However, there’s something that needs to be acknowledged that virtually no one is aware of.

After St. Louis tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, it was No. 2 broadcaster Steve Busby, not Nadel, who took over the play-by-play in the top of the 10th inning.  Now, for the record, this isn’t anything unprecedented in the history of baseball on radio.  Even during the RoughRiders’ extra innings games, Brian and I alternate frames.  I typically do the 10th, but there’s certainly no rules for how the rotation works.

I heard Busby’s call of Josh Hamilton’s home run in the 10th that put the Rangers up by two when it hit me: if things stay as they are, it will be Busby who is on the mic when the Rangers celebrate their first World Series championship.  Not Nadel.

33 years.

When the bottom of the 10th began, I suddenly became more focused on who would open up the inning on-air, Busby or Nadel?  To my surprise, it was Buzz.

I couldn’t believe it.  The Rangers are three outs away from winning it all and Nadel is sitting in the back seat.  I immediately wondered if he and Busby had talked at all during the inning break about who would call the bottom of the 10th.  Did Buzz offer it to Nadel but Eric declined because he wanted to respect the play-by-play rotation?  Wouldn’t surprise me, Nadel is that much of a class act.  Maybe that conversation never happened.

After Daniel Descalso and Jon Jay both reached to begin the inning, Scott Feldman came on to pitch for the Rangers, replacing Darren Oliver.  The Cardinals, once again, were showing life but had just one out to play with.  That’s when Busby said, “Feldman is working  as the closer tonight, and we bring in our closer, Eric Nadel.”

33 years.

Judging by Nadel’s reaction, it appeared to me that the toss from Buzz was unexpected.  I could be wrong, but he sounded genuinely surprised.  Good for Busby.  Good for Nadel.

Eric didn’t get a chance to make the call we all wanted to hear.  A call that, if it happens, will be replayed time and time again, forever.

Maybe that call happens tonight.  If there’s a chance it does, don’t make the mistake of having your radio turned down.

-AG

Ranking Derek Holland’s Mustache

Derek Holland’s World Series Game 4 performance speaks for itself.

So does his mustache.

Some historians have already gone so far as to say that it’s the best mustache in World Series history.

With that in mind, it’s necessary to compare Derek’s crumb catcher with some of the other greats of our time.

Tom Selleck might be the “complete game shutout” of mustaches. Full of color and texture, it’s virtually as good as it gets.

Edge: Magnum P.I.

Dr. Phil’s mustache lacks the rich color of Sellecks, yet is refined and distinguished. I fear young Derek will have to wait a few more months (or years) to reach this level.

Edge: Oprah’s guy

Remember Rojo Johnson?  If you missed it, he returned to the mound in 2010 to pitch for the Round Rock Express after spending four years in prison for stealing, and eventually selling, illegal iguanas.  Rojo can hardly be contained.

Edge: The Venezuelan

Ron Swanson. Do I need to say anymore?  If you haven’t seen NBC’s Parks and Recreation I highly recommend it.  Ron is a man’s man.  His ‘stache  is the one we should be fearing.

Edge: Don’t mess with Ron

Now that is a mustache. You know you’re doing something right when your fans dress like this to watch you pitch. Who are the guys on the right? If you don’t know, maybe you should stop reading and start watching The Office. Jim, Dwight, and Michael are three of my closest friends and should be yours, too.

Edge: Dunder Mifflin

So maybe Derek’s mustache can’t yet compete with some of the great mustaches of our time.  But that didn’t stop him last night.

-AG

 

Rangers Ballpark Prepares for World Series

Here are some pics from around the web today of the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington preparing for Game 3 of the World Series. Pretty exciting stuff!  -AG

Field level view before batting practice (Photo: Rangers Twitter)

Field level view before batting practice (Photo: Rangers Twitter)

Banners being hung outside the ballpark (Photo: Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Banners being hung outside the ballpark (Photo: Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

View from high up (Photo: Rangers Facebook)

View from high up (Photo: Rangers Facebook)

Outside the First Base Entrance (Photo: Mike Davidow, the RoughRiders Director of Community Development.  Lucky guy who got a ticket!)

Outside the First Base Entrance (Photo: Mike Davidow, the RoughRiders Director of Community Development. Lucky guy who got a ticket!)

“Kinsler’s Safe!”

According to Nettie Schwarz, our receptionist here at Dr Pepper Ballpark and All-Time Greatest Rangers’ Fan, Ian Kinsler’s stolen base in the 9th inning in Game 2 of the World Series “was the game.”

Ben and Skin on 103.3 FM ESPN this morning went so far as to say that, along with Nelson Cruz’s blasts in the ALCS, it might be the most defining moment in the playoffs so far for the Rangers.

Kinsler, a member of the RoughRiders’ 2004 Texas League Championship team, told the Dallas Morning News after the game, “my hand just barely got in there.  It took everything I had.”

Of course, all of this came on the heels of Cardinals’ All-Star catcher Yadier Molina rifling a strike down to second base to get Kinsler in the first inning of Game 1.

The replay of his stolen base in Game 2 showed that second base umpire, and St. Louis native, Ron Kulpa got the call right. Rangers’ radio play-by-play man Steve Busby said, “Boy … Molina, not only did he get rid of it quickly, he threw a laser down there to second.”  Boy, is that right.  Couldn’t have been much closer.

Didn’t it remind you a little of Boston’s Dave Roberts’ stolen base in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS against the (stinkin’) Yankees?  Granted that was an elimination game, but still, when Kinsler took off to to second base, virtually everyone’s heart stopped beating until he was called safe – just like Roberts.

Who knows, maybe Kinsler’s stolen base will do for Texas what Roberts’ did for Boston.

-AG

Wednesday’s News & Notes

  • According to a press release by sent out this morning by the Rangers, the Ballpark in Arlington will be decorated inside and out with signage and other décor to display the arrival of the Fall Classic to Arlington. Today at approximately 11:00 a.m., five large World Series banners with images of the Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals logos are scheduled to be installed at each of the Ballpark’s entrances. The first banner will be installed at the third base entrance.
  • It was announced shortly ago that Doug Dascenzo, the Texas League Manager of the Year, has accepted a position in the Atlanta Braves organization as their minor league base running and outfield coordinator.  Dascenzo, a former major league teammate of ‘Riders skipper Steve Buechele, spent 13 years in the San Diego system, the last two with the Missions. He played seven seasons in the majors after being drafted in 1985 by the Cubs. Little known fact, he was a Texas Ranger in 1993. Dascenzo began his big league career by playing in a then National League record 241 games without committing an error.  I’m sure he’ll continue to do well with Atlanta.
  • In other Missions’ news,  BallparkDigest.com is reporting that the wheels are in motion in San Antonio for a new ballpark.  As aptly stated by the website, “Despite the size of the San Antonio market (25th largest in the nation, third-largest in Texas), the Missions ranked last this past season in Texas League attendance, drawing just 4,202 fans per game. ”  Although the ballpark is not all that old (built in 1994), there’s no doubt it ‘s been beat up.  It would be great to see a new ballpark built closer to downtown San Antonio where there is steady tourist activity.  San Antonio is a nice city and deserves a great ballpark.
  • If you read yesterday’s blog, you learned of my pair of ballpark seats from the old Busch Stadium.  This is where I’ll be sitting while watching tonight’s game on TV.

-AG

 

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