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TIM HUDSON/Braves Pitcher
TIM HUDSON
February 28, 2005
ON BEING TRADED TO ATLANTA AFTER SIX YEARS WITH THE A'S My wife, Kim, and I loved Oakland so much: the relationships we built with teammates, with fans. I had a pretty hard time with the trade the first few days. Kim had a really hard time. All the wives were calling her and crying, she was crying. But Atlanta was the one place that, if I was going to get traded, I would be happiest. It makes the transition a little easier. [Hudson grew up in Alabama, near the Georgia border, and was a Braves fan.]
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February 28, 2005

Tim Hudson/braves Pitcher

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ON MLB'S NEW STEROID TESTING POLICY I think everybody's going to be surprised at how well it works. A lot of people say, 'It's only a 10-game suspension,' but the simple fact that your name's going to be associated with steroids, you're not going to do it. I'm serious. There's a lot of pride in baseball, and I don't think players want to have that cloud over their heads--'Well, this guy's a steroid guy, no wonder he had that good year in '99.' Guys won't want to take that chance.

ON WHO'LL HAVE THE BETTER HITTING SEASON, HIM OR MULDER, WHO'S WITH THE CARDINALS We've got a bet for highest average, most home runs and whoever gets the most bunts down. I've told him, 'When I face you, whatever you give me, I'll give you. If you give me heaters away, nice and easy, don't try to make me look stupid, that's what I'll give you. As soon as you try to make me look like a jackass, I'm throwing you my best stuff.'

--As told to Daniel G. Habib

HUDSON, 29, WENT 92-39 WITH THE A'S. HE AND KIM, WHO IS PREGNANT, HAVE A THREE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, KENNEDIE ROSE, AND AN INFANT, TESS

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