But Hudson split for the big money after the 2008 season, and has bounced around since then, landing in San Diego this season after one-year stints in Los Angeles and Minnesota.
The Padres have struggled all year, as has Hudson, and it never was more evident than in last night's 6-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The play in question came after the surging Justin Upton homered in the sixth to give Arizona a 3-0 lead.
Padres pitcher Dustin Moseley (who was on the mound despite having dislocated his non-pitching shoulder while swinging the bat earlier in the game) then walked two D-Backs in succession.
Ryan Roberts came to the plate, and lifted a soft fly ball to short right field. Hudson, who still moves well, made a good little catch on the run, his momentum carrying him past the foul line toward where D-Backs' bullpen sits.
O-Dog tossed the ball to a ball girl there, who dutifully flipped it to a fan in the first few rows.
Wait a tic!
Only two were out, not three, which meant that the play still was alive, and the umps waved in Chris Young from third base with yet another run.