OTC: Rex Hudler’s “His Kind” Comments Inflames KK and Mad Jack / Nolan Ryan Likes Ace Ventura

“I respect a lot what (Jackie Robinson) did, uh, for his kind. But also how Branch Rickey picked the right guy.”
Rex Hudler, Royals TV color analyst, in a conversation with Ryan Lefebvre prior to Wednesday night’s Royals game on Fox Sports KC
GH: Hudler’s use of the phrase “his kind” was the topic of the day on Kevin Kietzman’s Wednesday afternoon sports talk show. If Hudler’s comment made news elsewhere, I missed it. He was back on the Royals broadcast Thursday night and he did not appear to have been reprimanded for his comment. There is no question this phrasing is no longer accepted in American culture, especially by a broadcaster to a TV audience. Kietzman went the extra mile or two to point that out and take some shots at the Royals while he was at it. Read on.

“I’m going to give the guy a break but…”
Kevin Kietzman, on Rex Hudler using the phrase “his kind” to identify Jackie Robinson’s race, 810 AM
GH: As soon as I heard KK utter this phrase I knew he had no intention of giving Hudler a break. He did not…

“That sounded awful last night! That just sounded terrible!”
Kevin Kietzman, on Hudler, 810 AM
GH: I like when a broadcaster gives his true unfiltered opinion on a subject – which I believe Kietzman did here on Hudler’s comment. But why does KK have to try and pretend he’s not taking a shot at the guy he is very obviously tossing under the bus and driving over and over for three or four hours?

“I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt but for that moment we got another example of why the Royals shouldn’t really be all that interested in doubling down on this broadcaster – because he is one sentence away from taking all the attention in this entire city away from the team onto him and creating an absolute firestorm. It 100% could happen at any moment.”
Kevin Kietzman, on Hudler, 810 AM
GH: Again with the misleading “benefit of the doubt” disclaimer. Is the good name of the Royals franchise really tied to what Rex Hudler says or does? The “entire city?” Kietz, we know it’s only sports talk radio but please, show some restraint.

“You couldn’t really fault somebody if they thought there was something more wrong than that he is just a brain-dead announcer in that situation.”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: I don’t think Hudler is brain dead but his dome light appears to be wired to his asshole.

“(Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler) were not working and somebody (with the Royals) who knew them decided, ‘Well, they’re my buddies. I’ll hire them.’”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM

“Kevin Uhlich (Royals’ VP of operations) is his old buddy from California and he doesn’t want to go into Dan Glass’ office and tell him he screwed up.”
Kevin Kietzman, 810 AM
GH: This may very well be true but this is exactly the kind of hearsay and unsubstantiated reporting that 810 proudly states they do not practice. Does Clinkscale really know that is all that went into the hiring of these two former Angels broadcasters? Although it does sound like how they hire their managers.

“We’re giving him a pass. We just think he’s a bumbling announcer.”
Kevin Kietzman, while talking to Jack Harry about Hudler, 810 AM
GH: This was at least the third time Kietzman wanted it known that he was giving Hudler a pass, a break or the benefit of the doubt. Got it.

“Let me preface my comments because you know I went down the road with some comments that were very unfavorable to a lot of people. They thought I had said something I really didn’t say. I’m sensitive to sit here and pick on somebody else.”
Jack Harry, discussing Hudler’s comment with Kietzman, and referring to the controversy last month about whether or not he said “Gayhawks” when referring to the Kansas basketball team, 810 AM

“That’s a totally different deal! There’s no question what he said. People were trying to slow it down trying to listen to (what you said). ‘Oh, did Jack say it or didn’t he?’ That was just dumb.”
Kevin Kietzman, defending Harry’s alleged “Gayhawks” comment, 810 AM
GH: Kietzman is quick to defend Jack, who appears regularly on 810. KK is also quick to hammer away at Hudler, who is a regular guest on 610. The biggest difference between what Hudler said and what Harry allegedly said is that Hudler did not appear to make his comments with any malicious intent. Harry’s alleged comment was made with him rising from his seat with a smile on his lips.

“I’ll tell you right from my own gut what I think. It’s a terrible choice of words in the context it was used. I think that’s bad. I don’t think the guy’s a racist or anything like that but to use that word in that context, what he was speaking of.”
Jack Harry, 810 AM
GH: Okay, so Mad Jack isn’t quite as sensitive to criticizing Hudler as he led us to believe. Read on.

“I’m telling you when I hear that word in that context – you don’t say that! That’s not a mistake. The man has to stop and think before he talks then. Before this comes out. They let it fly. He lets it fly. He makes me nervous to watch. I’ll be very honest with you. When I watch this guy I get nervous. When he’s on camera I never know what’s coming. That kind of screws me up. I don’t know what to expect from him.”
Jack Harry, 810 AM
GH: I listened to Harry say this about Hudler and I could not help but think this is exactly what many say about Harry’s Jack Smack segments for KSHB TV 41.

“Nolan (Ryan) just said in our round circle, ‘(Yordano Ventura) is the real deal.’ He was very complimentary. I showed him the fact that he threw 27 change-ups at 22 years old and he said, ‘You’ve got a young kid who is throwing that many change-ups, he’s got confidence. That’s going to make his fastball even better!’ So it’s great to hear from a legend like Nolan Ryan what we have in Ventura.”
Rex Hudler, after speaking to the HOF pitcher Wednesday night, Royals Radio
GH: If Nolan thinks Ace is the real deal, the Royals just might have their next ROTY and Cy Young candidate. Heady, heady stuff.

“I don’t think the (Royals) players are as fragile as some people in the organization may think they are. I think they’re able to handle some things in the right manner where they understand we’ve got a better chance to win if I get pinch-hit for in this situation because obviously I’m not doing the job. I think the organization babies guys too much. You should be able to handle it and understand that if you’re not doing the job, they’re not going to keep running you out there. I wouldn’t take it as a slap in the face if you’re hitting .100 and you get pinch hit.”
Brian McRae, 810 AM
GH: McRae is a great radio interview. He speaks his mind and he doesn’t appear to be concerned about who his words upset. Radio needs more guys like that.

“I think organizations baby guys because they don’t want to admit they made mistakes.”
Brian McRae, 810 AM

“Multiple sources have told @CBSSports that Missouri’s Frank Haith is now involved in Tulsa’s coaching search.”
@CBSSports, Twitter
GH: From Miami to Mizzou to Tulsa??? WTF?

“Prince is one of the top three American musical talents of all time. The top two American musical talents of all time are Stevie Wonder and Prince.”
Nate Bukaty, 810 AM
GH: Steven St. John immediate cast his vote for Elvis and did not bother to offer a second-place trophy. Elvis, to SSJ, is all you need to know when it comes to American-made music. I think Wonder is an American treasure. I like Prince but I don’t see him as someone who moved the needle enough to be in America’s top 20 musical legends. My top five would include Bob Dylan, Louie Armstrong, James Brown, Springsteen and Tom Petty. But I could be swayed. Who you got?

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52 Responses to OTC: Rex Hudler’s “His Kind” Comments Inflames KK and Mad Jack / Nolan Ryan Likes Ace Ventura

  1. Bob Gwartney says:

    Did anyone bother, while KKK was giving Rex a pass, to call in and ask Mr. Tolerant about not having Tony Pena on his show because of Pena being so hard to understand? Why anyone even listens to this tool is beyond me. I lost 810 on my dial years ago.

  2. Java Man says:

    With yesterdays comments about favorite sitcoms and now the great American music legends, I’m getting a pretty good view of the demographics that at least comment on this site.

  3. randy raley says:

    Elvis, Bruce, Dylan, John Fogerty, Duane Allman

  4. Say What? says:

    You don’t have to like his music to acknowledge that Prince is one of the best musicians ever. He had his own hits and he wrote hits for many others. His guitar playing is incredible.

    He has an amazing solo in this video –

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y

  5. Paul says:

    Eagles, Tom Petty, Bruce, Elvis, Robert Johnson

  6. Smith says:

    Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. They all altered the course of American music. Anything after them is a copycat.

  7. red says:

    KK just wants Monty to get Hudler’s gig, which would be a disaster and will not happen.

  8. Herb says:

    KKK likes to preface his blasting of people by saying he’s “giving them a pass” because he’s trying to ride the fence post. If anyone calls him up and tells him he’s over analyzing it he can say “hey I said I was giving him a pass on this!”

    I’m shocked that KKK likes a fence post up his ass.

  9. Terri says:

    Sinatra, Elvis, Berry Gordy (Icon, doesn’t play, but changed music forever), Hank Williams, Bill Monroe (created a genre)

  10. P says:

    My 13 year old daughter really likes to start sentences with “No offense but…” to which I have to inform her that yes, you are saying something offensive. KK could use this kind of feedback.

  11. artemmis says:

    funny how Africans always win the Boston Marathon ..

    in which the participants are 99.8% self-absorbed affluent White people..

  12. Mrs. Wilson says:

    Elvis left me with my panties wet……twice.

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