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Tim Hudson writes letter to say thanks to the Braves and Atlanta

Nov 23, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

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Here’s a really nice gesture from veteran right-hander Tim Hudson, who left the Braves earlier this week when he agreed to a two-year, $23 million contract with the Giants.

Hudson decided to submit a letter to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in order to say thanks to the Braves and the fans for making him and his family feel welcome during his nine seasons in Atlanta. The entire letter is not free — you’ll find it behind a paywall — but feel free to read a couple of paragraphs below.

“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.”

Classy stuff. Hudson has strong ties to Georgia and Alabama, so he’ll surely continue to have a presence in the area.

Hudson went 113-72 with a 3.56 ERA during his time with the Braves. He made one All-Star appearance in 2010.

  1. aphillieated - Nov 23, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Gonna be strange not seeing Hudson with the Bravos. Chipper gone, Hudson gone, McCann gone. Phillies, Braves rivalry it’s gonna be lame now.

    • Kevin S. - Nov 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      Rivalries usually are when one team is sub-.500.

      • aphillieated - Nov 23, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        True. Braves are gonna be a sub -.500 team in 2014.

  2. moseskkim - Nov 23, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Class act.. In any walk of life, I appreciate heart and seems Timmy has a great one.

  3. wisbadgfan - Nov 23, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Lately we are seeing a trend in which players are thanking their former teams and fans when they leave, either by newspaper letter or full page ads.

    It is great to see integrity and decency—–Tim Hudson is a genuine guy and and I agree with others that this is a classy thing to do.

    To Tim Hudson——well done, and good things for you in the future.

    • jdillydawg - Nov 23, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      I hope that trend continues. Makes me like that game all the more.

  4. jjohnb5393 - Nov 24, 2013 at 4:42 AM

    I wouldn’t call the braves a sub .500 team just yet……

  5. teambringitstrong - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    The taking out of ads is already played out. Get over it. It’s not like that ratchet team in that ratchet city was going to accomplish anything anyway. Sabean, $23M for Huddy? Didn’t you learn the last time you signed an A’s castoff?

    • louhudson23 - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:42 AM

      Class never goes out of style.Talkin’ smack like a fool is neither classy nor stylish,however…

    • bigdicktater - Nov 24, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      You’re forgetting that Rick Zito was also a class act, would have won a lot more games for the Giants if they got him a couple of more runs, and was a huge reason why they advanced through the playoffs and won the World Series in ’12. Not to mention they recouped his contract in sold-out years at AT&T, food and drinks, and merchandise.

      Tim Hudson can provide all that and more. Now we need a bat in left field. Go Brian! Go Giants!

  6. wpjohnson - Nov 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Hudson has an abundance of something that is completely missing in the management of the Braves and that is class.

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