UPDATED: Oct. 2, 2014 5:40 p.m.
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The Nationals and Giants don’t start their playoff series until Friday afternoon but shots were fired late Wednesday night, just hours after San Francisco booked its trip to Washington.
Or so it seemed.
Giants starting pitcher Tim Hudson — scheduled to start Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday at Nationals Park — appeared to have called into question the Nats’ toughness with a shot, ahem, below the belt.
“Obviously they have a talented group over there, there’s no question,” Hudson told The Washington Post as the Giants celebrated their Wild Card win over the Pirates. “They have some great pitching. But come playoff time, talent can take you a long ways, but what do you have between your legs? That’s going to take you real far. And I think we’ve got a group in here that really has some of that.”
Many Nats fans took offense to the comments made by Hudson, a veteran who spent nine seasons with the Nats’ NL East rival Atlanta Braves before signing with the Giants this past off-season.
On Thursday, Hudson backtracked a bit and tried to clarify his remarks.
“I was referring to our team,” Hudson told The Washington Post. “I just think our club — on paper we may not match up with a lot of people. I think once you get out there and you play, the guts and the heart this team has and like you said what they have between their legs will get this team over the hump a lot of times.”
“By no means was I referring to them not having any. At all. I did say they have a lot talent over there, they have a lot of great pitching. There’s no question about that. They’re very talented over there. I think our club — we have some things that have been helping us win all year.”
Tim Hudson: 'Everyone knows I have a long history with them and that they have a long history with me. #Nats— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) October 2, 2014
Recent history backs up some of Hudson’s apparent trash talk: The Giants are one of baseball’s best October teams, winning two of the last four World Series, while the Nats are looking for their first playoff series win since moving to Washington.
One thing’s for sure — whether he meant it as an insult or not — Hudson is going to hear it from Nats fans when he takes the mound Saturday in Game 2 of the NLDS.
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