Alabama native grew up 'idolizing' Braves

Updated: December 17, 2004, 7:56 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Tim Hudson was a high school junior in 1991 when John Smoltz pitched the Atlanta Braves to their first division title in nine years.

Now that he will join Smoltz in the Atlanta rotation, Hudson hopes to help the Braves finish atop the division for an unprecedented 14th straight season.

"I grew up idolizing those guys," Hudson said Friday. "When I was out in Oakland, there were a lot of comparisons to the Atlanta staff. I was blown away just being compared to those ...

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