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A carp? No, Rex, that was a shark in cove outside Royals game

Leopard shark
Leopard shark

If you are an avid baseball fan, you likely know that people sometimes will be in kayaks in McCovey Cove during games at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Fans get on the water in the hopes of finding a home-run ball, so there are frequent shots of the cove.

If you are an avid Royals fan, you likely know that broadcaster Rex Hudler sometimes says some, uh, unusual things during a game.

Calling the moon a beautiful planet may be Hudler’s most famous quote.

These two realities merged during the Royals’ 8-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. During the broadcast, a shark was shown swimming in McCovey Cove.

This is not an unusual thing, since leopard sharks are common in San Francisco Bay. Carp, on the other hand, not so much. But the loveable Hudler did mistake the shark for the fish.

After being busted by fellow broadcaster Steve Physioc, Hudler said: “Hey look, Phys, c’mon, this is the ocean. I’m used to fresh water.”

Here is what the Giants broadcasters had to say:

According to, leopard sharks are pretty much harmless to humans. Sadly, leopard sharks have been dying off by the hundreds recently, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff