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Teenager job-shadowing Royals broadcaster Rex Hudler has ‘best day of my life’

Royals' Eric Hosmer meets Rex Hudler's job shadower

Madeline Adams, from Mead, Colo., and originally from Lee's Summit, contacted Royals broadcaster Rex Hudler about job shadowing him. She ended up meeting Royals players including first baseman Eric Hosmer at batting practice. Video by John Sleezer
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Madeline Adams, from Mead, Colo., and originally from Lee's Summit, contacted Royals broadcaster Rex Hudler about job shadowing him. She ended up meeting Royals players including first baseman Eric Hosmer at batting practice. Video by John Sleezer

There’s job shadowing, then there’s job shadowing with Royals broadcaster Rex Hudler.

Madeline Adams, 15, from Mead, Colo., and formerly of Lee’s Summit, is interested in journalism and broadcasting and is a lifelong Royals fan. She was encouraged to find a professional for a job shadow, and accessed Rex Hudler’s website.

“It doesn’t hurt to try,” Adams said.

Fewer than two days later, Hudler responded, and invited Adams to a game.

“I ran around the house screaming,” Adams said.

There she was Friday, meeting and greeting Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez, Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas and others before Friday’s game against the Orioles.

“I’m showing her every day at work,” Hudler said. “It’s a blessing. She asked me what’s the fun part of the job? I said, just coming to the ballpark and meeting people.”

But meeting ballplayers she and her family watches every day?

“Best day of my life,” Adams said. “I feel like I’ve know them all on a personal level before today. Now I know how it feels to shake their hands. This is the best day.”

Royals television announcer Rex Hudler and former Kansas City Chiefs player Ryan Lilja were at the Richard Petty Driving Experience Thursday at Kansas Speedway, where they got to experience the thrill of driving a NASCAR-style car around the track

Blair Kerkhoff: 816-234-4730, @BlairKerkhoff

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