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“Covering the Bases” with Mac Hudgins

Feb 25, 2013, 9:12 AM EDT

Mac Hudgins (photo by Allison Wagner)

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?

A: Yes.

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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