Among the perks of calling home team baseball on radio rather than television is the extended season.
For the local television broadcaster, the season ends with the final out of Game 162. Radio voices, on the other hand, get to work the post- season ride.
And so Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks will be the familiar voices of Rangers baseball as long the team advances in the playoffs while Steve Busby and Tom Grieve are kaput, finished, done in the booth for the year.
That’s simply the way Major League Baseball and its network partners do business. The national television contracts kick in as soon as the regular season is history.
By contrast in the NBA, the local television broadcasters can work the opening round before signing off. Ditto the NHL.
The National League post-season this year belongs to TBS. Simple one-stop shopping.
The American League’s is a bit more complicated. It belongs to Fox, which farms out first round Division Series games to cable’s Fox Sports1 and MLB Network.
There will be a hodgepodge of TV broadcasters working the Rangers-Toronto Blue Jays best-of-five series. Thursday afternoon’s season opener on FS 1 will feature Kenny Albert, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci in the booth with Ken Rosenthal down on the field. When the series shifts to MLB Network early Friday afternoon, Bob Costas and Jim Kaat will work the booth with Rosenthal doing dugout duty. when the Rangers- Blue Jays return to FS 1 for Sunday night’s prime time Game 3 in Arlington, Thursday’s crew reappears.
Should additional games be necessary, FS 1 and MLB will get back to us.
Back to the constants.
“(Home team) broadcasters live and die with the team everyday of the regular season,” Nadel said. “But when they get to the post- season, the (local) television guys go home… That’s just one reason I prefer radio.”
Nadel has a plethora of reasons he prefers the radio lifestyle. They include: Not being slavishly devoted to the pictures the cameras deliver; he has no director talking into his ear; no dress code; and the relative anonymity that used to come with being a voice rather than a face. That went bye bye, Nadel said, with the brouhaha that came when he won the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence in 2014.
The Rangers have tried to move Nadel to television. In 1998 they asked him to replace his former radio partner, the late Mark Holtz. In 2002, he was the first choice to replace Bill Jones. He reluctantly agreed but was saved from bright lights purgatory when Josh Lewin was hired instead.
The Rangers learned their lesson. They have given up asking.
After all, you don’t shift positions for a Hall of Famer still at the top of his game if he doesn’t really want to move.
“I am incredibly pumped for the postseason,” Nadel said. “Isn’t that the dream?”
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Greg McElroy: ‘Kayvon Thibodeaux Offended Me’
“McElroy, while offended, decided to offer some friendly competition to Thibodeaux.”
Top NFL Draft Prospect, Kayvon Thibodeaux, had some harsh comments for the Crimson Tide in his interview with FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt on Monday. The Oregon defensive end claimed the difference in the quality of education between Oregon and Alabama was the reason he ultimately chose to head to Eugene out of high school.
“I already hate the stigmatism of football players being dumb jocks,” Thibodeaux said in an interview with FOX’s Joel Klatt. “So now, do you know the stigmatism of Alabama education? It ain’t the West Coast. It ain’t Harvard.”
Thibodeaux continued to bash the Southern institution’s quality and reputation.
“If I would have went to Alabama … I don’t know if my degree would mean anything,” Thibodeaux said.
National championship quarterback, media personality, and Alabama alum Greg McElroy took issue with the statements.
“I just take real personal offense, man,” McElroy said Thursday on JOX 94.5’s McElroy & Cubelic. “I genuinely do. I don’t care. Don’t come. If you think so little of us, don’t come. Fine by me, because I know the people that live in this state. I chose Alabama, because I love Alabama. If you don’t want to see Alabama for the greatness it can potentially provide you, it’s on you. You’re missing out.”
Cole Cubelic and McElroy also brought up the fact that Thibodeaux said “stigmatism” when he meant “stigma.”
“He says he doesn’t like the stigma that athletes are dumb jocks, and yet, he sounds like a dumb jock,” McElroy said.
McElroy, while offended, decided to offer some friendly competition to Thibodeaux.
“What I don’t understand is why he felt the need to cut down Alabama,” McElroy said. “And as someone who has always taken his academic situation very seriously, I’ll just come at him with this — if he’d like to take an IQ test, I’m available. If he’d like to take the Wonderlic test, I’m available. As a proud graduate with multiple degrees from Alabama, I will put my degree up against his any day of the week.”
“I’d like to show him the offers, because I would be willing to bet that Harvard didn’t offer him,” McElroy said. “I think they probably would have taken him, but Harvard did offer me — as did Yale, as did Princeton, as did almost every Ivy League school along with Duke, Stanford, Northwestern and Vanderbilt. And I chose Alabama, so put ‘er there Kayvon Thibodeaux.”
Howard Eskin Tells Joe DeCamara & Jon Ritchie That Tom Brady Dyes His Hair
“Brady is leaking oil. The fact that he’s leaking oil and he’s not the same and his age shows a little bit, other than his hair which he colors, he’s really good but anybody can be beaten.”
Howard Eskin joined Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie on 94 WIP to preview the upcoming Bucs vs Eagles game. Eskin gave his thoughts on why the Eagles had a realistic shot to win. For Philadelphia sports talk legend, a lot of it came down to Tom Brady.
“Brady is leaking oil,” Eskin said. “The fact that he’s leaking oil and he’s not the same and his age shows a little bit, other than his hair, which he colors, he’s really good but anybody can be beaten.”
That statement caught DeCamara and Ritchie a little off guard. They weren’t convinced that Brady is using any artificial enhancement to keep his locks chestnut brown. Howard Eskin would not back down and told the hosts to check the archives.
“Look at the pictures over the years, there’s no question,” Eskin said. “He’s so vain so that just kind of falls into place. He’s a terrific quarterback but he doesn’t want people to realize he’s 44 or 45.”
Maybe Eskin is right, and the fountain of youth is starting to dry up for Brady. Or maybe, as he has done before, he’ll prove everyone wrong and win another Super Bowl. Only time will tell.
97.1 The Ticket Lets Fans Sound Off On Matthew Stafford With Playoff Watch Party
“The former Lions quarterback remains a polarizing figure in the city, so Costa and Riger are giving fans the chance to get whatever sort of closure they need with a playoff watch party.”
Jim Costa and Jeff Riger aren’t just hosts at 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit. They are also Detroit sports fans. That means they have strong feelings about Matthew Stafford.
The former Lions quarterback remains a polarizing figure in the city, so Costa and Riger are giving fans the chance to get whatever sort of closure they need with a playoff watch party. The pair will host the virtual event, which will stream on The Ticket’s website and Facebook page.
“It’s the rare chance to settle a sports debate,” Jim Costa, who still supports Stafford, told BSM. “It gives fans of Detroit closure on Matthew Stafford. People are still so emotionally invested in him even though he doesn’t play here anymore with both sides still believing they’re right about why he didn’t win a playoff game with the Lions.”
Other hosts from 97.1 The Ticket will pop in to watch along with Costa and Riger. They will play drinking games and place prop bets throughout the game.
With Jim Costa and Jeff Riger having strong, opposing feelings on Stafford, the final result will yield a punishment for the loser. Someone will have to take a “shot of reality,” which Costa promises will be “really gross”.
Matthew Stafford and the LA Rams will host the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL’s first-ever Monday night playoff game this week. It will be the conclusion to the league’s Super Wild Card Weekend.
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