In professional sports, one moment can change a career. For Tim Hudson, that moment happened on July 24th 2013 vs. the New York Mets. The play started out so routine, but then it turned ugly. As he went to cover first on a ground ball, he felt a sharp pain in his ankle. When Hudson’s foot reached the bag, Eric Young Jr.’s foot planted right on top of his. Immediately, Hudson went down in excruciating pain, clutching his ankle. He was finished for the season, and questions about the future of the 38 year old’s career hovered around him.
But this year, Hudson is out to prove he is not finished. He was signed to a one year contract with the San Francisco Giants. He looks to do something that his former A’s teammate Barry Zito could not do in San Francisco: live up to his contract.
Throughout his career, Hudson has always been viewed as an ace. He played a critical role in the A’s playoff runs in the early 2000s, and he was even the focus of Mychael Urban’s book Aces, which chronicles Hudson, along with former staff-mates, Barry Zito and Mark Mulder. Throughout his long career Hudson has compiled a 205-111 record and he has been able to maintain a career 3.44 ERA.
In San Francisco, Hudson will not have to carry the team alone. He will join a rotation that already has proven big league starters in Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Madison Bumgarner. Hudson will not have to be a dominant force each time out, but instead he will help to fortify the back end of the rotation. His leadership, and inning eating ability should help the entire staff be better.
In a blink of an eye a career can end. On that fateful night in Atlanta, Hudson saw his career flash before his eyes. Luckily for Hudson, he has returned for another chance. Through his storied career he has seen many post seasons, but he has never been able to pitch in a World Series. Adding himself to an already strong rotation gives the Giants hope for another world title and gives Hudson hope for a final stamp on a fantastic career.
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