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Angels baseball now 64 percent less annoying

Nov 25, 2009, 4:07 PM EDT

Sure, they still have the Rally Monkey and Thunderstix, but the Angels got rid of their TV duo of Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler on Tuesday, turning chores over to play-by-play man Rory Markas and color commentator Mark Gubicza.
I’m not going to pretend to know much about Markas, who had been paired with Gubicza doing radio. Gubicza, though, while rather dry at times, seems to be far more in touch with reality than Hudler, who was becoming more of a parody of himself with every passing year.
In Hudler’s defense, his enthusiasm always seemed to be genuine. There are plenty of fakes out there in broadcast booths, but the Wonder Dog was simply being himself. It’s just that his own special brand of obnoxiousness would have worked a lot better in the sideline reporter role, and the Angels might want to bring him back in that capacity down the line.
Physioc, though, brought nothing to the table. When he wasn’t inducing Hudler to repeat a spiel about Angels baseball&#0174, he was getting a play wrong or botching a fact about a player from whatever lesser team happened to be playing the Angels that night.
The amazing thing about Physioc is that there wasn’t even any nepotism involved in his placement. He somehow got his job on merit.
Now, I know it’s not nice to root for people to be fired, but Physioc still has his college basketball duties and I’m sure Hudler won’t be out of work for long. He did play for six teams, after all, and if one of them no longer exists, well, that still leaves four possibilities for future employment.

  1. Derek - Nov 25, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Eh Hudler is the color guy for MLB The Show for Playstation so even if he does not get a job from a team then at least Sony pays him nice and he gets some nice royalty checks.

  2. James - Nov 25, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    You might not like Hudler, but Angel fans do (and that’s what matters most). He’s one of us. He will be missed. Reading the message boards and blogs around the net, a great many Angel fans are disappointed.
    Baseball is fun and nobody knows that better than Rex.

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