The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
At age 37, after elbow surgery, back surgery and a bone spur or two, Braves pitcher Tim Hudson has evolved. He’s gone from being the undersized dude who got it done with guts and surprisingly nasty stuff to one who excels mostly on guts and guile.
But excel he continues to do.
Still no more than 170 pounds soaking wet, with an Alabama drawl as thick as the day he was drafted out of Auburn by the Oakland Athletics 16 years ago, the 170-pound veteran has become the guy Braves officials want young pitchers to emulate. The old cuss who works hard and finds a way to win.
Monday night against Philadelphia, Hudson makes his sixth-opening day start and first since 2008. It’ll be the third time he’s started a season opener for the Braves but the first at Turner Field. He called starting on opening day an honor and a privilege, especially for the Braves with their pitching tradition.
And particularly in a season when there is increased buzz around the team.
“I’m excited,” Hudson said. “I think if we go out there and just play baseball and do the little things right, we’re going to be tough to beat. We’re going to put up some runs, and I think our starting pitching is going to be good enough where we can hand a lead over to our bullpen and they can shut the door.