The Royals’ 2012 campaign got off to a rocky start as the team imploded in the 8th inning against the Angels. Albert Pujols made his debut for the Angels, and TV color man Rex Hudler made his for the Royals’ broadcast team.
By the 8th inning, #p90rex was a trending Twitter topic in Kansas City, but not because people were impressed by the former Major Leaguer’s insight. Rather, they complained about what they thought were obvious observations, unending chatter, cliche-a-minute fumbles and all-around bizarre metaphors (“Hitters are anxious. They want that fastball. They want the… the… full cheeseburger. Give it everything.” And, “It’s a good thing this didn’t catch his knuckle or he’d be in big trouble. Knuckle sandwich or a jam sandwich.”)
And by the game’s midway point, Hudler had already spawned a Twitter parody, @shithudlersays says (tagline: “This is not Rex Hudler. This is shit that Rex Hudler actually says on air.”)
I took to Storify to chronicle fans’ reactions to the man who replaced Frank White in the booth. It’s not easy task to replace a legend, and adding color to a baseball broadcast is not as easy as it seems. But, hey, it’s Twitter, so let’s see what people have to say.