Former Braves’ pitcher Tim Hudson said some things recently to a USA TODAY reporter that are causing a bit of a stir on the inter-webs:
“It was made pretty clear to me the Braves didn’t want me back,” Hudson, 38, tells USA TODAY Sports, noting the Braves’ initial offer was so low, he didn’t even bother to counter.
“After what I had done for them, it was kind of a slap in the face.”
This reminds me of how John Smoltz was critical of the Braves after they failed to sign him in 2009. It reminds me of comments that Tom Glavine made, also in 2009, after he was released by the Braves while attempting to pitch one more year.
Veteran players get hurt when they’re not given the respect they think they deserve. Players are generally focused on the game on the field, and not the game in the front office. So the money and prospect and projection sides of the game–which are hard for most people to understand–are also lost on players.
Smoltz and Glavine have since made nice with the Braves, so hopefully Huddy can too. It’s a shame that guys, even veteran guys, can’t stick to the tried and true cliches when something like this happens that they don’t understand. What Huddy should have said was, “baseball is a business, and maybe in time I’ll grow to understand their decision, but right now I don’t.”
Also, to all Atlantans who don’t understand the Braves’ move to Cobb County, repeat this phrase, “baseball is a business, and maybe in time I’ll grow to understand their decision, but right now I don’t.”