H-BOMB UNSELFISH TILL THE END: Lost amid all the drama of Alfrancis Chua's sudden resignation was the decision of Rudy Hatfield to call it a career after 11 seasons in the PBA.
"The girls at home they've missed so much of their father and I missed out on their lives. How many chances do you get to see your kids grow up," Hatfield related to Spin.ph a day before flying out of the country.
Leaving a team that is currently in turmoil wasn't an ideal situation for someone like Hatfield, who has been the epitome of a 'team player' in all his years in the pro league.
But after what he termed as a "spiritual alignment," Rudy felt it was the perfect time to relinquish his spot to allow the next player on the Ginebra roster to step up.
"I know that there is a kid out there just waiting for his time to shine. By me leaving the game, it opens a whole world for that next player which is what this game is all about," said Hatfield after receiving an assurance for the SMC bosses that there will always be a place in the team for the the 'H-Bomb.'
Contrary to popular belief, Rudy isn't entirely set on becoming a pastor or a minister in his post-basketball life.
"I dont know if I am ready for that, or even if that's my calling. But one thing I know is that God has my back as I write the next chapter of my life," he said.