Rangers Radio Great Eric Nadel Knows How You Feel. But: "Time For an Attitude Change."

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Last night, during the 10th inning of Game 6, Steve Busby handed the mic to his Rangers broadcast partner -- Eric Nadel, Frick Award finalist and a man whose voice has gotten us through countless seasons in hell. Buzz wanted to make sure Eric had the opportunity to call the final out of the game, to usher the Texas Rangers, finally, into the ultimate win column. Alas, it was not to be: Lance Berkman's single up the middle tied the ballgame, and one inning later, the catastrophic collapse was complete.

"Last night I felt like I let down every Ranger fan out there by not being able to deliver the last out," Nadel says, some 13 short hours later. "I know it makes no sense, but that's how I felt. It was incredibly gracious of Busby to let me call the Berkman at-bat so I could have the thrill of calling the out that won the World Series, only to have me screw it up for the second straight inning." He lets out a small, sad laugh.

"Which makes no sense at all. But that was my emotion at the time."

Nadel didn't sleep well; he finally climbed out of bed around 11, and will have to spend the time between then and his 3:15 p.m. taping of The Ron Washington Show catching up on what, exactly, he watched last night from the broadcast booth: "I have a lot of questions about plays, decisions." It's time to rally. Everyone.

"I have a game to do tonight," he says. "This may be the only time in my life I get to do a Game 7 of a World Series, so I gotta get myself into the frame of mind where I am cherishing the opportunity. For Rangers fans, it'll probably be the only time they see the team in Game 7 of a World Series, and they need to cherish that opportunity. If and when the Rangers win tonight, it'll be that much sweeter having gone through the heartbreak of last night. And, yeah, my heart is totally broken right now, but there's a chance for it to be repaired in one game."

"Rangers fans are grieving," he said earlier in our chat, when I asked him what I asked Jamey Newberg.

"Thing is, all isn't lost. It's not worth grieving over one game. People grieve at their own paces, but the game's over whether they lost 15-0 or the way they did. There's nothing you can do about it. The focus should be on tonight, and we need all the positive energy we can muster for tonight. It's cliched and all that, but it's a new day. And I was repulsed, disgusted, horrified and bitter even when I woke up this morning, since there wasn't much to wake up from, but it's time for an attitude change. We have a game tonight that, if we win, makes us the world champions."
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Bobby Metzinger
Bobby Metzinger

Go Cardinals. It was amazing celebrating on McKinney Ave. Cardinal Nation alive and well in DFW. 

Don Abbott
Don Abbott

I remember going to an Opening Day party for the Rangers/Red Sox game at my friend Rick's house way back on April 1st.  We all had a blast as the Rangers started their sweep in grand style.  Had someone said that in late October all the Rangers had to do was win one game to be world champions, I would have handed them a beer.  We all know...it's time. 

NotTheSuburbs
NotTheSuburbs

If you really look at it objectively, the Cards gifted us game 5.  No way the Rangers should have won that game.  Rangers returned the gift last night.  Now we are even.  Time to play ball.

ThatGuy
ThatGuy

I can't synch tv and radio, but I did switch over to radio in the 9th to be able to hear Eric call the historic moment.  It didn't work out, maybe tonight. He is a baseball treasure and I want this for him as much as me.  He's had to watch a lot of bad baseball for a long time.  We need one more "hello win column" for the memory of Mark Holtz also. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I've got to say that some of the best baseball writing and thoughts over the last 3 weeks of baseball have been right here at unfair park courtesy of sam merten and wilonski. I appreciate that I can come here and celebrate or grieve together with people just like me who aren't condescending or fake. Thanks boys and let's do it one more time tonight so Sam can wirte that once in a lifetime story about the time his/our favorite team won the World friggen Series!!!!! Its Time

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Well said brother, party on Merkin!! See y'all tonight...got to burn my #10 UT jersey that I thought was bringing goood luck last night..I have the Claw shirt on today..and Ranger cap..Ranger red pullover..If'n I spot a rabbit on the way home, it's liable to missing a foot or two..Cmon Ranjuhs!!!! 

Storm_71
Storm_71

My little Ranger heart hopes Eric gets to call the fianl out of a Ranger World Series win tonight.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

It was such a classy and thoughtful move by Busby last night to throw it to Eric.  They have been amazing calling all of these games.  I'm sure that I'm not alone in wanting this championship for Eric more than anyone else with the Rangers.

Keith McPhail
Keith McPhail

Eric Nadel is one of the great baseball storytellers of all time. I hope Ranger fans appreciate the greatness he brings to our airwaves each and every game. 

howl
howl

Go Rangers

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl ... oh, ok, that's been used before ...

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I'm done grieving...and I'm ready for some baseball...I think Game Sevens are good! and I love the Rangers!

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