Blood is Thicker than Water (or Gatorade, in Baseball)

A fun baseball history blog about Eric Nadel, Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers.

Hey baseball fans!

Since my last name is Nadel, I'm always looking out for famous Nadels on the web, especially if they have any sort of baseball history connection, and I just came across a very interesting one.

Up until recently, the only Nadel in baseball history that I knew of was Norbert Nadel, the judge who put Pete Rose in jail. Well, I just read about a man named Eric Nadel, who happens to be the radio broadcaster for the Texas Rangers. Eric was recently inducted into the Rangers' Hall of Fame, in the same year which coincidentally is the 40th year of the Rangers' existence. After graduating from Brown University, he has been the Rangers' broadcaster for the last 34 years. Another one of his achievements is that he won the Texas Sportscaster of the Year Award seven times.

After I found out about Eric, I reached out to the Rangers organization to congratulate Eric on his achievement. I also mentioned that I have blogged about Nolan Ryan, the President of the Rangers, a bunch of times on my baseball history blog, Baseball with Matt, and also included Nolan on my all time dream team as the starting right-handed pitcher, which means I think he's one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. In return, the Rangers sent me a bunch of really great Rangers memorabilia.

Although I don't know of any relation between us, Eric Nadel and I might be cousins or something like that because all of the Nadels that I know of have ancestors tracing back to Europe. Even though I'm a die-hard Yankees fan (which I told the Rangers), and the two teams will probably meet in the playoffs this year, I still felt the need to reach out and congratulate Eric Nadel (my possible relative).  

So, the moral of the story here is that blood is thicker than water, or in the case of baseball, Gatorade.

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Steve Nadel September 05, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Hi Potenial Cousin Matt, great article. I know of Eric Nadel second hand. A person I worked with in my old radio days, Bill McColl, was Eric's engineer for the radio broadcasts for several years. Now that is a dream job, no? I'd like to know of the rest of your all-time team. Is it since you've been following the game or ALL-TIME all-time? My all-time team is; 1B - Lou Gehrig 2B - Rogers Hornsby SS - Honus Wagner 3B - Mike Schmidt LF - Ty Cobb CF - Willie Mays RF - Babe Ruth C - Johnny Bench LHP - Lefty Grove RHP - Walter Johnson Since Watching (1963) 1B - Keith Hernandez (as a Mets fans with season seats in the 80's, the best player day in / day out player I ever saw.) 2B- Joe Morgan SS - Alex Rodriquez (yes, Yankee fans, he was a shortstop) 3B - Mike Schmidt LF- Barry Bonds (even before steriods) CF - Willie Mays RF - Hank Aaron (Roberto Clemente a close 2nd) C - Johnny Bench LHP - Randy Johnson Sandy was great for too short a period) RHP - Tom Seaver
Baseball with Matt (MLB Pro Blogger) September 05, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I'll give you my dream team of all time, and since I've been watching the game: All Time: 1B: Lou Gehrig 2B: Rogers Hornsby 3B: Mike Schmidt SS: Cal Ripken Jr. LF: Stan Musial CF: Mickey Mantle RF: Hank Aaron LHP: Warren Spahn RHP: Nolan Ryan Relief Pitcher: Dennis Eckersley Since Watching (2006) 1B: Paul Konerko 2B: Robinson Cano 3B: Alex Rodriguez SS: Derek Jeter LF: Ryan Braun CF: Andrew McCutchen RF: Giancarlo Stanton C: Jorge Posada LHP: CC Sabathia RHP: Roy Halladay Relief Pitcher: Mariano Rivera
Steve Nadel September 06, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Oh yeah, relief pitcher it's a toss up between Eck and Rollie Finger for both lists. I'm glad you didn't include DH. :). I don have nor do I want to have an opinion on that.


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