Derek Holland and Carlos Rodon did more to send Jose Quintana off to the north side than blast Boyz II Men and have a “yard sale” with the left-hander’s possessions on Thursday.
The two starters, and reliever Tommy Kahnle, were at Guaranteed Rate Field when Quintana showed up to collect his things. The four played catch before Quintana said his goodbyes and left the clubhouse he called home since 2012.
“He wasn’t here when he got traded, but he came here to get his stuff and to move out,” Holland said. “He obviously had to play catch, so we all made sure we could play catch with him and stuff. Me and Carlos were here, Tommy was here as well. We all made it the last day here, I guess.”
Quintana didn’t take everything — like his lotion and some White Sox apparel — leading to Holland asking “you guys want some free stuff?” in his Instagram video.
“We wanted to have fun with him,” Holland said. “Once he left, me and Carlos talked and said we’ve got to do something. We’ve got to send him out in a good way and made sure we had some fun with it.”
Holland was effusive in his praise of Quintana, too, even if he only got to spend four and a half months with him while with the White Sox.
“He’s a good mentor for the younger guys,” Holland said. “This was his house, and to let me come in and be a guest, the way he treated me was perfect. Just the way he carried himself, he worked hard, being there for the younger guys coming through the system.”