Oct. 29, 2014
Tim Hudson started, and finished with a World Series ring Wednesday night
By Charles Goldberg
Tim Hudson finally has his World Series ring, won in dramatic fashion in the seventh game of the fall classic Wednesday on a night in which he started, and San Francisco won 3-2 over Kansas City.
The former Auburn star pitcher and hitter waited 16 seasons through a big-league career with Oakland, Atlanta and finally San Francisco to make the World Series. He won it in his first season with the Giants. He made the All-Star Game this season, too.
Hudson became the oldest pitcher to start the seventh game of a World Series at 39 years and 107 days old when he took the mound Wednesday. He pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing two runs. When it was over, he celebrated with his teammates.
"It's amazing, it truly is. I can't believe it. I've got to pinch myself," Hudson told MSN after the game. "It's unbelievable. It's why you play this game."
Hudson said he thought of his family when seeing the World Series trophy. It was a good and long night.
"I was pretty calm considering magnitude of the game," he said. "The guys picked me up, as they did all year. That's what a true championship does."
Jeremy Affeld was the winner and Madison Bumgarner, normally a starter, picked up the save with five innings of shutout relief. He went 2-0 with the save and was named the Series' MVP.
Hudson played at Auburn in 1996 and was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 1997 when he finished with a 15-2 record with a 2.97 ERA while hitting .396 with 18 home runs and 95 RBI. Oakland drafted him in the sixth round after that. He made his big-league debut in 1999.
He has a 214-124 major league record.
Hudson is the eighth former Auburn player to appear in the World Series, and the 11th former Tiger to be on a the roster of a participating team.
Hudson returned to Auburn while pitching for the Braves and established the Hudson Family Foundation in 2009 to help the financial needs of children.
The Hudson Family Foundation "is committed to making a positive and long lasting impact in the lives of children who have a genuine need for assistance with regard to a specific physical, emotional or financial circumstance," says the organization's webpage.
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