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Hurting Hudson enjoys All-Star trip
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07/12/2004  9:09 PM ET
Hurting Hudson enjoys All-Star trip
Father of two sidelined with injury in Houston
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Tim Hudson is on the disabled list for the first time in his career, but still made the trip. (James A. Finley/AP)
HOUSTON -- The last time Tim Hudson was an American League All-Star, he'd been married less than year and didn't have any children

He was a 24-year-old phenom, fresh off an 11-2 debut season with the Oakland A's.

And because the 2000 All-Star Game was played in Atlanta, not far from Hudson's birthplace of Columbus, Ga., he was busy as all get-out.

"It was crazy, man," Hudson said Monday while taking part in All-Star Monday's media session at a downtown Houston hotel. "I had 13 people to take care of, it was my first time as an All-Star, I was younger ... It was a pretty big deal, and it was just crazy, man."

Now he's the father of two. Kennedie Rose is nearly 3 years old, and Tess was born this May.

Now he's a six-year veteran, as respected throughout the game as he is in his own clubhouse.

2004 All-Star Game

And now he's on the disabled list for the first time in his career, sidelined by a strained oblique muscle that likely won't allow him back on a big league mound until late July.

"It's a lot different," Hudson said. "But I think it'll be a little more fun this time, even though I'm hurt. Not having to worry about pitching, I'll be able to just sit back and enjoy it a little more."

Hudson's more manageable traveling party should help in that respect, as well. This time around it's just Kim, his parents, the kids and a baby sitter.

"When you have a big crowd, you're kind of stretched out," Hudson said. "Now I know where everyone is and who's taking care of who. It's definitely a lot easier."

Not so easy, he says, is knowing that he couldn't pitch in the game even if he wanted to pitch. But it was more than easy to decide to come to Houston and take part in the festivities.

"That's a no-brainer for me," he said. "I mean, this is what every ballplayer strives for, to be an All-Star. So when you get a chance to take part in something like this, and share it with your family, you gotta do it."

Even if part of the family doesn't quite get it. Kennedie is a precocious little one, but as far as she's concerned, this is just another road trip for Daddy, with one big difference.

"I don't think she understands the whole All-Star thing, so she's not that impressed," Hudson said. "But I think she knows the hotel we're staying in is different."

The Hudsons, along with the rest of the All-Stars and their families, are staying at the swank Four Seasons.

"We walked into the room," Hudson said, "and Kennedie said, 'Oooooh, Daddy, I like this hotel."

Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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