More on Crede

From talking to Kelly Thesier, our intrepid Twins’ beat reporter, it sounds as if Crede’s afternoon press conference in Florida is going to be delayed a bit. So, I decided to take some time to come up with three of the top clutch plays made by one of the most clutch players in the White Sox organization. See if you agree.

1) October 12, 2005: A.J. Pierzynski gets the lion’s share of attention for his dash to first base after an apparent dropped third strike called against Angels catcher Josh Paul. But it was Crede’s two-out double off of reliever Kelvim Escobar that scored pinch-runner Pablo Ozuna with the game-winner, evening the American League Championship Series at one game apiece. Crede didn’t receive any postseason awards, but he was as valuable as anyone on the roster from the start of the playoffs right on through the sweep of the Astros in the World Series.

2) September 20, 2005: The Indians had shaved a 15-game-deficit on Aug. 1 in the AL Central to 2 1/2 games on Sept. 20. Crede made sure it got no closer on this night, launching a walk-off home run against David Riske leading off the bottom of the 10th.

3) April 18, 2007: Mark Buehrle’s no-hitter against the Rangers was punctuated by Crede’s defensive gem on Gerald Laird’s slow-roller to end the game. It was one of the countless tough plays Crede made look easy.

If anyone out there has other Crede memories to share, just post them right here on the blog.



My memory of Crede on the Southside is of Joe being one the most classy ballplayers in the game. He shows up. He does his job. He cares.

His last home run as a White Sox was on my birthday. He hit it off Bannister in the third against the Royals to left. I was sitting in the bleachers in left center. It was awesome!

I’d have to say my favorite Crede memory was him throwing out Gerald Laird to seal the deal in Buehrle’s no-no. In typical Crede fashion, he made a tricky play look routine. I’ll miss seeing him in a Sox uniform, but I’m glad I live in the Twin Cities and will be able to see him play regularly.

Good luck to him, but here’s hoping that the Twins don’t have a similar list of special Crede moments in five years.

My friend Margaret called him “Late Inning Joe” for his ability to put in on the board when the Sox needed it most. I heard comments that they might platoon him in the DH spot as well, so hopefully his back will survive until next year when the Dome is done (can’t wait for that!!).

There are way too many to sort out in my head. The three Scott mentioned are great. I will really miss Hawk’s call that they seem to replay during video clips…..Joe “cool” Crede!!!!…..when he’s just screaming his name. But what I will remember most is talking to him during spring training ’98, before he ruled 3rd base in Chicago, about anything but baseball. He was a nice guy and didn’t mind talking for awhile.

I understand the ‘ business ‘ side, blah blah – all of that technical stuff aside — I am profoundly sad that Joe Crede is no longer on our Sox … I do hope Josh Fields and / or Dayan put together a productive season to help us win. Joe Crede was a White Sox kid and I thank Kenny and Jerry Manuel – then Guillen, for sticking w/ Joe … eventually leading us to a World Series title. I was at the Cleveland ‘ walk-off ‘ game, among many other games where Crede came through for us. I hope he has 144 great games this year, minus the games vs. us.


I remember a game just last season, April 24, 2009 against the Yankees. I think we’d lost the first two in the series at home, and the third game started about an hour late due to rain, and was delayed again just after it started for another 30 minutes or so. I think we were losing for most of the game, but ended up tied in the bottom of the 9th. The crowd was cold and wet, and it was very late, so the thought of extra innings was a bit frightening. Carlos Quentin was on base when Joe drove him home with the game-ending single off Joba Chamberlain for the win. The crowd went absolutely wild. I remember being on such a high that night and all of the next day from that win. He truly was “Late Inning Joe”, and I think profoundly sad is a great way to describe how I feel about his departure. All the best to you, Joe.

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