Slusser: Legacy of Hudson, Zito, Mulder looms large with Big Three reunion

From Susan Slusser at the San Francisco Chronicle on September 24, 2015:

This weekend’s Big Three reunion at the Coliseum is a special one for A’s fans and the Oakland organization: Developing three top-flight starters — and All-Stars to boot — is unusual, and Barry Zito, Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson were never better than when they combined to lead the A’s to four consecutive playoff appearances in the early 2000s.

All three will be on hand for the Bay Bridge Series, which begins Friday. The main event is Saturday, when the Giants’ Hudson makes his projected second-to-last career start — and Zito makes his first start for Oakland since 2006. Mulder, an ESPN analyst, will take part in Sunday’s first-pitch ceremony.

Sure, they’re a little older now. Hudson is 40, Mulder 38 and Zito 37, and none is likely to pitch in a big-league game again after this season. Their legacy in Oakland, though, lives on.

Let the celebration begin.

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Originally published: September 24, 2015. Last Updated: September 24, 2015.