O-Dog living the dream
Second baseman Orlando Hudson said it during the offseason and again over the weekend: He wanted to be a Met.
Well, not anymore.
Hudson says his first choice now is to remain with the Dodgers, though he certainly would consider the Mets and other clubs if he again becomes a free agent.
“It wasn’t in God’s plan for me to be in New York,” Hudson says. “They’ve got a great second baseman. I like (Luis) Castillo a lot. He’s gotten MVP votes. He has been an All-Star, won Gold Gloves.
“I grew up a big Mets fan. We tried, but things didn’t work out. New York, it’s a big stage. But L.A. is the same way â€” big market, big stage. The fans enjoy the game. There is a lot of passion inside the stands. It’s fun. I want to stay in this Dodger blue.”
Hudson’s knowledge of baseball is astonishing; Castillo indeed received MVP votes once, finishing 21st in the NL vote in 2003. Hudson also says that his new manager, Joe Torre, “easily” could have been a Hall of Fame player, something few players would grasp. The O- Dog even states the obvious with great conviction, saying that as an African-American, he is honored to play second base for Jackie Robinson’s team.
Hudson also has kind words for Bob Melvin, his former manager who was dismissed by the Diamondbacks last month.
“To me, Bo Mel is a young version of Mr. Torre, a manager you dream of playing for,” he says.