ARLINGTON, Texas -- Eric Nadel is in his 32nd (and longest) season as Rangers broadcaster. He's waited a long time to call a World Series in Arlington and is getting his chance. I talked briefly with him about his thoughts as he sits in the booth watching the Rangers face the San Francisco Giants in the Fall Classic:
Q: What was it like broadcasting that first World Series game in Arlington?
EN: It was just a tremendous amount of fun for me. It wasn’t nerve-racking the way the series was with the Yankees. To me it was a celebration of baseball. It was Christmas in October. I had friends fly in from all over the country. I had lots of family members here. I got to hang out with them in the stands befcofre he game. The way the game went with the Rangers playing a near perfect game, the crowd was absolutely electric. It was everything I imagined a World Series game here would be.
Q: Did you think you’d ever call a World Series game for the Rangers?
EN: I had no idea when I started. I had no idea if I’d be able to hang onto this job long enough. At that time the Rangers had contending teams, but they never seemed to have enough pitching. They always faded after the All-Star break. I got to a point after those ‘90s teams were unable to advance beyo nd the first round hwere I honsestly thought there was a chance I’d never do a Wordl Series game. There are a lot of announcers who’ve been around a long time that have never broadcasted a World Series game. I thought I could easily be one of those.
Q: Compare the Game 3 World Series crowds to the others you’ve heard here. Was it the loudest?
EN: I think, honestly, the loudest I’ve heard this park was Game 6 against the Yankees. When Guerrero hit the double to put the Rangers in front, it was like something exploded. Then the final out of that game when Feliz struck out A-Rod. The pregame introductions in Game 3 were awfully loud, but I don’t think they were any louder than the ALCS. Having the Yankees as part of it adds so much intensity. I don’t think the World Series was quite the same life-or-death situation as the series against the Yankees was in the minds of Rangers fans and in my mind as well.
Q: So for you the journey to get here is as important or more important than being here?
EN: In my gut, that’s the way I’m reacting to it. I’m not nervous about whether the Rangers win or not. I didn’t feel the same urgency as I did in that series against the Yankees. If we had lost that series to the Yankees, it would have taken me weeks, months, years to recover. I hope the Rangers win the World Series. It would be incredible. If they don’t, at least they are losing to a team that has never won either and a fan base that has never celebrated a World Series. That’s not something that would bother me tremendously.
Q: Does the broadcast of a World Series change from the regular season?
EN: The playoffs are different. There’s more attention to every pitch, more attention to detail. I’m describing everything I see. There’s much less extraneous information, much less background on players. I’m much more concerned about describing everything I see and being on top of every pitch.
Q: When this team made the playoffs, did you think they had what it took to make the World Series?
EN: I didn’t know. I had no idea. Having thought that the previous Rangers teams, especially in 1996 and 1999 could beat the Yankees and then have them not beat the Yankees and seen the things that happened since like the Astros and Rockies going to the World Series reminds me that it’s baseball and anything can happen.