When you get the unique opportunity to interview Eric Nadel, voice of the Rangers, you don’t say no and you re-arrange your schedule to do it. That is exactly what I did with the help of Nathan Hague of The Hague Sports. It is the second time that I have had the privilege of interviewing the broadcasting legend, and I am excited to tell you that it will air on our weekly podcast tonight at 9 pm ct on Blog Talk Radio. I thought I would wet your appetite a little and give you some of the questions and answers from said interview, and I hope you tune in tonight and listen to the full discussion.
Nathan: “First of all, congratulations on winning the Ford C Frick Award, what does that mean to you?”
Nadel: “It’s just an incredible honor, it’s really exciting. To see the names of the people who have won the award before, you know many of whom I grew up listening to and are pretty much my idols in broadcasting, it’s just phenomenal, I’m still kind of in disbelief.”
Ben: “How much do you think integrity and off the field issues do you think play a part in off the field voting…?”
Nadel: “Clearly it plays a role in the voting… I don’t know how much it should play a role in the voting, but clearly it does. When you look at the fact that Ty Cobb is in there and he was pretty much a miserable human being, Gaylord Perry is in there who cheated much of his career, it’s tough, it’s a slippery slope when you have to pass judgment in that kind of way, and in that regard I’m sort of thankful that broadcasters do not get a chance to vote…”
Nadel: “Well I don’t know if anyone is going to have the impact that Josh Hamilton had his first year with the Rangers, but I do expect that he will hit over forty home-runs, and I think he will drive in well over one-hundred runs, so I think he is going to be a big gun…“
We went on to ask Eric about Shin-soo Choo, Nelson Cruz, and other Rangers news that happened during the off-season. It was a real pleasure to talk with him and I hope you can find the time to listen and enjoy to our interview.