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White Sox: Jose Quintana hopes 'good' first All-Star appearance won't be his last

White Sox: Jose Quintana hopes 'good' first All-Star appearance won't be his last

SAN DIEGO — Jose Quintana isn’t comfortable with how quickly things transpire as a relief pitcher.

But the White Sox pitcher also said Tuesday night he doesn’t plan on his first All-Star appearance being the final of his career. Quintana delivered a scoreless fifth inning in relief and the American League beat the National League 4-2 in the All-Star Game in front of 42,386 at Petco Park. The left-hander worked around an error and struck out Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos to strand the tying runs aboard.

“I don’t like being a reliever,” Quintana said. “I enjoyed the moment. But it’s really hard.

“I felt a little nervous at first, but mostly excited. But I did good and kept the score the same. I did my job so it was fun.”

Quintana managed to have fun throughout a surprise All-Star experience.

He smiled through his Monday-morning press session in disbelief of his last-minute selection after several years of being overlooked.

Later in the afternoon he spoke with Boston’s David Ortiz, who likely played in his 10th and final All-Star Game on Tuesday — “he’s the best player in the big leagues and he’s had an awesome career,” Quintana said. He followed that up with an early evening viewing of the Home Run Derby showdown between Todd Frazier and Giancarlo Stanton. Of Stanton’s 61-homer performance, Quintana said: “It was like a rocket every time.”

On early Tuesday, Quintana looked at ease as he strolled around the AL clubhouse. He didn’t expect to need many pitches to warmup for his outing because it promised to only last one inning. Quintana also expected to be able to let loose and that his preparation had him ready for the moment.

An All-Star veteran, Chris Sale said he loved watching Quintana experience the event. Sale was on the top row of the dugout when Quintana pitched in the fifth inning. A five-time All-Star, Sale said his mother took pictures of he and Quintana pitching and sent them to him.

“It was fun,” Sale said. “I enjoyed that. I was right there on the front bench watching it. Someone that’s very deserving of being here and not only being here, but pitching well in the game — I got enjoyment out of that.”

Quintana did too, particularly when he struck out Ramos to preserve the 4-2 lead.

His night began when Jose Altuve booted a routine grounder off the bat of Washington’s Daniel Murphy. Quintana quickly rebounded as he induced a fly out to right off the bat of Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt. Colorado’s Nolan Arenado then grounded into a fielder’s choice. But San Diego’s Wil Myers put Quintana in a precarious spot when he doubled to right center.

True to his word, Quintana didn’t scare off.

Even with the tying run in scoring position, Quintana didn’t bend. He got ahead of Ramos with a first-pitch fastball before he snapped off two curveballs for the strikeout.

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He’s hopeful he’ll return to the All-Star Game next year. Maybe next time he’ll come back as the starter.

“It was good,” Quintana said. “A little bit more quick, but everything worked good today.

“I want to be here for a long time. Keep going hard and I want to be here next year again.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list