Returning from gruesome injury, Tim Hudson cherishes All-Star trip

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

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MINNEAPOLIS - Last July, Tim Hudson broke his lower leg in a pretty ugly scene in New York. Here it is:

Less than one year later, the 39-year-old (Monday was his birthday, by the way) right-hander is back at the All-Star Game for perhaps his last time -- take it from him.

"Yeah, I think it might be," Hudson said, when asked if this could be his last All-Star appearance. "I'm a bit long in the tooth, you know."

In a long and pretty underrated career, Hudson has now been to the All-Star Game four times. He's probably not going to make another one, though it would be folly to completely count him out. He has been consistently good throughout his career. He's the active wins leader with a career record of 212-117 and looked ace-caliber for a while to begin this season.

"I felt like a had a good first half and hopefully it'll continue into the second half," he said. "I came in 2010 [to the All-Star Game] in Anaheim and I didn't really think about it being my last one, but now I definitely am, especially coming off that injury last year. To come here and represent the Giants and my family, I'm gonna enjoy it."

Not that he ever took anything for granted before the injury.

"You always try to cherish every one you go to," Hudson said. "You can't take anything for granted."

Especially coming off that gruesome injury, as he said. At age 38, something like that could have very well ended his career. Given that aspect of it in addition to it being his body that was mangled publicly, did he shy away from ever watching the replay?

"I've actually seen it a few times," he said matter-of-factly. "It's kinda wild to watch it at first, but as a professional athlete you understand that's part of the game and things happen. You can't get caught up in things like that."

And it's that kind of mental toughness that has Hudson back here at age 39 coming off a broken leg.

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