When someone mentions the Houston Astros of the 1990s, people generally think of 2 names: Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio. But not Head Dude. Say the Astros to him, and he'll immediately think: Scott Hudek. Or more accurately John Hudek.
One could only wonder how Hudek became an object of fascination for Head Dude. But nevertheless he did. Perhaps it was because the mid 90s Texas Rangers were forced to turn their late game leads over to closing "stalwarts" Jeff Russell and Mike Henneman. Perhaps he casted a jealous glance at Hudek's stellar 1994 rookie season, when he began the season in the minors but capped it off with an All-Star Game appearance and a second place finish in the Rookie of the Year balloting.
The last laugh is definitely on Head Dude, however, as not only has Hudek earned a selection into the Dude Committee Hall of Fame on the strength of his providing ammunition to endless hours of the Astros-Rangers debate, but he has also started his own baseball camp down here in the Houston suburbs. Perhaps in Houston, circa 2020, during DudeMania XXXIV, the Dudes: Next Generation can frolic on the fields, under the watchful eye of Dude Committee Hall of Fame Inductee: John Hudek.