07/16/08 3:51 AM ET
Crede, Quentin hope to utilize home field
First-place Sox could benefit from American League's victory
By Jon Blau / MLB.com
Crede had to superstitiously sit still, remaining in the exact same indentation of the bench after a hit, not wanting to jinx a potential base knock that could end an eventual 15-inning game. Of course, there were the rally caps. And when White Sox teammate Carlos Quentin took each of his four at-bats -- after entering the game in the seventh inning -- Crede was on the top step.
"They don't like you sitting on the railing," Crede said.
Both Crede and Quentin sat through a long one in their first All-Star experiences, which turned out to be a 4-3 win for the AL. Waiting it out until nearly 2 a.m. ET on Wednesday morning, Quentin, Crede and the first-place White Sox hope they can at least utilize the home-field advantage won from the AL's victory in the Midsummer Classic.
"That's why we were out there so long, man," joked Quentin, who finished 0-for-4 and was standing in the on-deck circle when Rangers shortstop Michael Young hit a sacrifice fly to right field to drive in the winning run.
Before the game, Quentin slouched in his chair and chitchatted with Crede. A familiar face is always welcome, even if the surrounding nameplates -- Rodriguez, Ramirez, Jeter -- weren't exactly foreign, either.
Actually, Quentin found the best in baseball to be some of his most valued compatriots these past couple of days. Prior to heading out on the field, Quentin headed over to Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler's locker and tightened a pair gloves around his hand.
"It's a lot of fun to hang out with some of the best baseball players in the game; the best baseball players in the game are here," Quentin said before the game. "To be able to say, 'Hi' and ask them what they know about the business, I enjoy it."
In his ninth season, Crede, hitting .256 with 16 home runs and 49 RBIs, received the second-highest total of All-Star player votes at third base. The benefactor of "Joe Crede Day" in his hometown of Westphalia, Mo., the career White Sox finally got his day in the All-Star Game.
Quentin, on the other hand, is a third-year pro in his first season in Chicago. Traded from the D-backs in the offseason, Quentin landed with the White Sox and has been their top slugger, pounding 22 home runs and 70 RBIs in the season's first half. He finished fifth in the player voting for AL outfielders.
"It's something that I have felt that I have done a good job of -- soaking it all in and taking everything and trying to get as much out of this as possible," Quentin said. "Because I know how special it is to be here and to have this opportunity to come back here every year to an All-Star Game."
Both White Sox got their fill of the Midsummer Classic. Crede actually had a 6 a.m. flight to board only a few hours after the game ended, and his family scooted out of the stadium as quickly as possible.
In the end, Crede was glad he stuck around.
"It was just fun being in the dugout, being around some of the best players, really, in the world," Crede said. "And just to be around them and joke around with them in the dugout and doing all of the rally stuff."
Jon Blau is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.