Tim Hudson Wants To Clarify His 'What Do You Have Between Your Legs?' Quote
The Internet's best quote of the past 24 hours? It would have to be San Francisco Giants' Game 2 starter Tim Hudson, who wondered allowed what the Washington Nationals have in their athletic supporters. At least that's what everyone thinks he said (Hudson explains further down in this post).
Following San Francisco's 8-0 win over Pittsburgh in the NL Wild Card Game on Wednesday, Hudson, who will start Game 2 for the Giants against the Nationals on Saturday, said this to the Washington Post:
“Obviously they [the Nationals] have a talented group over there, there’s no question,” Hudson told The Post’s Barry Svrluga. “They have some great pitching. But come playoff time, talent can take you a long ways, but what do you have between your legs? That’s going to take you real far. And I think we’ve got a group in here that really has some of that.”
Let me just say this: the Giants won World Series rings 2010 and 2012 by sliding beneath the radar -- they were underdogs and outsiders whom everyone overlooked. They kept their heads down and confounded the "experts", beating pitching staffs they had no business beating.
Now along comes Hudson, the four-time All-Star and 20-game winner in 2000 with the A's who's in his first season in San Francisco. You may recall in 2013 when, on July 25 while pitching for the Braves, Hudson injured his ankle while covering first on a hit by Eric Young Jr. That knocked him out for the remainder of the season. The Braves thought he was through and their contract offer reflected that -- so the Giants took a chance on him, signing Hudson for two years and $22 million.
Hudson started strong but had an unremarkable second half for SF, finishing 9-13 with a 3.57 ERA. He's a finalist for Comeback Player of the Year and that's great, but he was pretty much the staff's weak link in September, and now he's thrown up bulletin-board fodder at a time when the Giants should once again be in stealth mode.
Maybe someone mentioned that to him, because prior to today's workout, Hudson attempted to backtrack. Washington Post:
“I was referring to our team. I just think our club — on paper we may not match up with a lot of people. I think once you get out there and you play, the guts and the heart this team has and like you said what they have between their legs will get this team over the hump a lot of times.”
“By no means was I referring to them not having any. At all,” Hudson chuckled. “I did say they have a lot talent over there, they have a lot of great pitching. There’s no question about that. They’re very talented over there. I think our club — we have some things that have been helping us win all year.”
Beavis: "Heh heh heh, he said 'hump' ".
If the quote snaps Hudson out of his malaise, it was worth it (typing here as a Giants fan -- sorry, can't be helped). But if he screws up in Game 2, well, the headlines are going to write themselves.
In the Giants' clubhouse, Tim Hudson just watched with a smile as the guys on Intentional Talk discussed his "between the legs" comment.
— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) October 2, 2014
— Tim Ryan (@TheSportsHernia) October 2, 2014
'Tim Hudson, who, like myself is the son of a grocer, is talking about onions.' - Steve Somers on @WFAN660 is priceless.
— Maggie Gray (@SI_MaggieGray) October 2, 2014
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