ARLINGTON -- Eric Nadel's broadcasting talents earned him the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award. Now, the Rangers' renaissance man is venturing into new territory.Nadel has self-published a book of limericks that is now available on Amazon. The book is titled Lim-Eric and the 175 limericks were written mainly by Nadel,
ARLINGTON -- Eric Nadel's broadcasting talents earned him the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award. Now, the Rangers' renaissance man is venturing into new territory.
Nadel has self-published a book of limericks that is now available on Amazon. The book is titled Lim-Eric and the 175 limericks were written mainly by Nadel, but also feature a few by his radio listeners and fans during the season. Local artist Arthur James contributed the illustrations and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.
The limerick craze started in early May and continued in the eighth inning of every game as Nadel and radio partner Matt Hicks looked for ways to liven up their broadcasts.
"We were looking for something at that point to help hold the audience because it looked like the season was not going to be a great one," Nadel said. "We introduced the Limerick of the Day, and we did that every game from that point on. We read it in the 8th inning in a desperate attempt to hold the audience."
This limerick came at the end of the season as a tribute to third baseman Adrian Beltre.
His dazzling plays come every game.
They're breathtaking, never the same.
With each Gold Glove miracle.
The proof is empirical.
He's headed for the Hall of Fame.
This one came after an excellent outing by rookie pitcher Yohander Mendez on Sept. 2 when he threw six scoreless innings against the Twins.
Ranger drives soaring out yonder.
Today's brightest star is Yohander.
Seems like his demotion
And recent promotion
Gave that young man something to ponder.
The official release party will be at the Kessler Theater in Dallas at 7 p.m. CT on Dec. 5, and there will be a book signing at Globe Life Park from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14.
Martin to lead Toy Drive
Rangers reliever Chris Martin will serve as the Rangers' honorary chair for the participation in the 2018 Cowboy Santas Toy Drive. This is the eighth year that the Rangers have participated in the event.
The Cowboy Santas Toy Drive provides toys to children from low-income Tarrant County families during the holiday season. Beginning Saturday, Dec. 1, and continuing through Monday, Dec. 17, new and unwrapped toys or books may be dropped off at the Texas Rangers Grand Slam Gift Shop at Globe Life Park in Arlington and the Rangers Fort Worth Team Shop at 316 Main St. during regular store hours. Items may also be dropped off at all Fort Worth Police and Fire Stations.
On Monday, Dec. 17, from 4-7 p.m., the Rangers will sponsor the Cowboy Santas Toy Drive Finale Event at Globe Life Park in Arlington in the center field Vandergriff Plaza area. Rangers personalities will be on hand to sign autographs for the event. Holiday movies will be shown on the video screen, the Rangers KidsZone will be open, and drink and food specials will be provided by Delaware North Sportservice. Other activities will include face painting, crafts, a photo booth and a special appearance by Santa Claus.
Donations of new, unwrapped toys and books for boys and girls, newborn to age 12, will be greatly encouraged at the finale event. Fans attending the Dec. 17 Toy Drive event may park in Lot C free of charge and enter Globe Life Park through the Grand Slam Gift Shop.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.