It’s hard to believe that Tim Hudson had spent nine seasons as a member of the Atlanta Braves. He arrived from Oakland via trade before the 2005 season, and has served dutifully as ace of the Braves staff for most of his tenure in the rotation. Last week, the free agent left hander signed a two-year deal with the San Francisco Giants. But before leaving the Atlanta area, he had some really kind words for the organization, city and fans.
Yesterday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a letter of thanks penned by Hudson. Unfortunately, the full text of the letter is available only to paid subscribers of the newspaper. However, the Journal-Constitution did make public a few excerpts, which I’ll share now.
“When I was traded from the Oakland A’s to the Atlanta Braves before the 2005 season, a childhood dream was realized. I grew up a Braves fan just a few hours south of Atlanta, and it was hard for me to believe that I was going to actually play for the Atlanta Braves and legendary manager Bobby Cox. My family was young. We had a toddler (Kennedie), a baby (Tess), and a baby on the way (Kade). We were welcomed into the Braves organization with open arms. Our son was born two weeks into my first season, and our journey began. The Atlanta Braves are really all that our children know about this crazy baseball life, and we are so thankful for this upbringing for them.”…
“And to the city of Atlanta and the amazing fans in all of Braves country…my deepest thanks. Braves fans are one-of-a-kind. Your passion to win comes close to equaling that of the players that go out on the field each and every game. But when the team goes through rough patches, you’re there to encourage and cheer and believe that things will turn around. In my 9 seasons, we definitely had some very high moments and some extremely disappointing moments. But one thing that I learned is this – once a Braves fan, always a Braves fan. No matter what. And as a player, that means more than you could understand.”
Tim Hudson, class act through and through.