The Rangers Winter Caravan rolled through Wichita Falls today, and this year, as far as players go, the player selection wasn’t as good as it has been in the past. They sent Tanner Scheppers, Michael Kirkman, and Justin Grimm. These guys may develop into decent players at some point, but for now I would have been happier to see at least one regular starter. Last year they sent Derek Holland and Matt Harrison. The year before that they sent Tommy Hunter and Mark McClemore.
But for me it was all made up for when they chose to send Eric Nadel. Yep, Eric Nadel was in town fresh off being inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame. I have listened to Nadel call Ranger games since I was a kid and you will never be able to convince me that there is anyone better at calling a baseball game than him. From the way he describes the uniforms the players are wearing to his genuine love and enthusiasm for Ranger’s baseball, Nadel brings class and experience to the booth every night. THERE. IS. NO. ONE. BETTER.
So, I jumped at the chance to meet Nadel. The players were supposed to sign from 4pm until 5pm. I got there around 3pm and was the third person in line. Not surprisingly, there were few people there. The weather was not very good. The temperature was in the low 30s and, like I said, there wasn’t a big draw this year as a player to get people to show up when its freezing cold outside. I estimate that when they started signing autographs there were about 50 people there. Compare that to the last few years where I’ve seen at least 200 people show up and maybe more after I had left.
Anyhow, here’s what I got:
The hat is signed by Scheppers, Kirkman, Grimm, and 1st Base Coach Dave Anderson (who was also there).
Then the new “prize” of my collection:
A ball signed by Mr. Nadel.
I guess I shouldn’t complain. At least the Rangers come here and we get to meet a few of them every year. That’s better than nothing. And, this year I was very happy to meet Eric Nadel.