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.