Feb 25, 2013, 9:12 AM EDT
Edward “Mac” Hudgins is a sophomore outfielder who lives in Alumni Hall on campus. He wears #13, throws right-handed, and bats from both sides of the plate. In Notre Dame’s series finale at Tulane, he was 2-for-4 with an RBI double. I recently got a chance to ask Mac a few questions to add to the “Covering the Bases” series.
Q: What’s your major?
A: Business undeclared, but probably finance.
Q: Do you have a favorite class so far?
A: I had a really interesting history seminar freshman year.
Q: Have you been playing baseball you whole life?
Q: Did you play outfield in little league?
A: No, I played shortstop and catcher.
Q: When did you make the switch?
A: High school.
Q: Did your coach put you out there?
A: He did, he did…got demoted.
Q: Well it seems like it worked out well. Do you have a favorite major league team?
A: The Nationals.
Q: Where are you from?
A: Richmond, VA. What about you?
Q: Northern Virginia, but I’m actually a Mariners fan since the Nats weren’t in Washington at the beginning of my fanhood. They’re doing pretty well now though.
A: Yeah I hopped on that bandwagon.
Q: Do you have a favorite player or is there a player who you see as a role model?
A: When I was really little, Chipper Jones.
Q: Are you into stats at all? Like sabermetrics?
A: Yeah, yeah, I read Moneyball and really liked it. I try not to think about it too much though when I’m playing.
Q: Is there a story behind #13?
A: Yeah I got it in eighth grade, the #12 jersey was ripped, so they gave me #13.
Q: You don’t think it’s unlucky?
A: (Laughing) No, hopefully not.
Q: Were you considering playing baseball anywhere else for college?
A: Yeah, a couple, but I mean, once Notre Dame showed interest, it was pretty much over.
Q: Do you have interests outside of baseball?
A: I like reading, and I like freestyle rapping.
Q: Do you have a favorite rapper?
A: I love Eminem. Me and [Conor Biggio] love doing the battle scenes from “Eight Mile”
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