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The San Francisco Giants didn’t have to start Tim Hudson on Thursday afternoon. The 40-year-old winner of 222 career games has been battling a hip ailment all season long, and the Giants were eliminated from the postseason last week. But Hudson wanted one more start, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy couldn’t say no.
“He wanted to go out there one more time,” Bochy said. “He wanted to go out in front of the fans here, and he’s earned that. This was a no-brainer.”
So that’s what happened. Hudson, who broke into the league and became a superstar across the Bay in Oakland, made one last start in front of Bay area baseball fans at AT&T park against the Giants.
It was a short appearance, lasting just two and a third innings. But when it was over, and Bochy came out to the mound to relieve him, the fans gave him a rousing sendoff.
Take a look:
The two Dodgers runners Hudson left on base would go on to score, and Dodgers wound up winning 3-2. So Hudson finished his career with his 133 career loss.
However, those losses are easily balanced out by 222 wins, a 3.49 ERA, 2,080 strikeouts, four All-Star appearances, and a World Series ring.
That’s a hell of a career.