March 19, 2008
Lake Buena Vista, Fl. - Playing for your hometown team can bring a lof pressure.
Pressure that seemed to get the best of Columbus native Tim Hudson after he was traded to the Braves from Oakland three years ago.
The Columbus native finally found his comfort zone in 2007 when he won 16 games for Braves and his earned run average was .333.
Hudson might have 20 wins last year had the bullpen been able to protect leads he left with in several games.
The former Auburn Tiger admits there was some difficulty in adjusting to the trade to his hometown team but that adjustment period is over and Hudson is looking for an even bigger season this year.
Tim Hudson said "It took a little bit longer than I would have liked. I feel good around here now. I feel like I am truly a Brave. For a while I felt like I was trying to prove myself. Everything feels good right now."
Tim Hudson has never had a losing record in eight seasons as a starting pitcher in the major leagues.