What former Auburn Tiger Tim Hudson delivered in his 200th career Major League Baseball win was nothing short of a storybook that a box score cannot do justice. Hudson went back to his roots for the win- more to the point, he went back to his bat with a double and home run.
The pitcher who proclaimed in Spring Training he would lead the pitching staff in homers, has six hits on the season and .429 batting average. These numbers are why the 37 year old had no problem taking control of the top and bottom of innings. After two failed attempts at the 200 mark, nothing less should be expected from a competitor like Hudson.
If you ask Hudson, he is just holding up his end of the deal but considers himself lucky to be where he is. “I’d have had a better chance of winning the lottery,” Hudson said. “Out of high school, if you would have told me, ‘In 20 years, this is where your life is going to be,’ I’d be like, ‘You are crazy. There is no chance.’”
What he fails to mention is that he has made his own luck, fighting and defying the odds every step of the way. The Phenix City, Alabama native was not drafted out of high school, nor did he have any major college offers. Hudson, determined to prove critics wrong, took his undersized frame to Chattahoochee Valley Community College he where became a First-Team All American leading his team to the Division II Championship. continue reading