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.
Haven't seen that one in quite awhile.
Those in attendance let Hudson have it, deservedly so. He grinned sheepishly, looking for a nearby hole to crawl into.
By the way, the dude's salary this year is a cool $4 million.