A little more about Joe Crede
So, I have this blue sweater that I’m kind of partial to, but others–not so much.
I must have worn it a couple of times in the first week or 10 days of the 2008 season because at one point Joe Crede came up to me and said I needed to wear it more often because he hit better when I had it on. I think it was more a comical dig from Crede at my wardrobe, as opposed to a true superstition.
During the next time I wore it, Crede went hitless and told me I should burn the sweater.
Everyone seems to be sharing their favorite Crede stories, as he made a triumphant return to U.S. Cellular Field on Friday. All I can say is Crede was one of the best players to cover over the years just because he always gave straightforward answers and seemed to have a good sense of humor about himself. He enjoyed the game, but then again, that quality seems to ring true for pretty much anyone who has played for the White Sox under Ozzie Guillen’s regime.
There really hasn’t been a bad person to cover in that clubhouse, but with all the pain Crede fought through and work he put in to get back, he stands out a bit more. It was good to see him playing again after missing so much time the last two years.
By the way, I dug out that blue sweather on Friday in his honor, drawing a laugh from Crede when I saw him in the tunnel in between clubhouses in the afternoon. After he hit the home run, he’s probably glad I didn’t burn it.
Actually, he probably doesn’t care, but I’m keeping it in rotation nonetheless.