Martin Luther was famous for nailing, drinking, and wearing puffy hats. No wonder Catholics hated him so. But we doubt the papacy could ever hate Charlie Rudd, the Saints all-time victory leader, and seminary student at Luther. He just left the game, on a mission from God.
The 27-year-old answered a call to Bethel Lutheran in Northfield. He'll take up a position as associate pastor, according to the Strib.
He hangs up his spikes after a solid career for Bill Murray's boys. He leaves the game with an honest appraisal of his skill:
"I've seen the business side of baseball," Ruud said. "I know that a 5-10, 160-pound righthander who throws 87 [mph] on a good day isn't always what they're looking for. Opportunities for someone like me probably aren't that great."
But the opportunity to absolutely dominate the church-league softball games is still in his reach, along with blessings, and pslams, and all that good stuff.
*photo by nataliemaynor