Beerleaguer had an opportunity to speak with former White Sox third baseman Joe Crede, who attended Friday's NCAA baseball game between Mizzou and Kansas in Columbia, Mo.
Crede first had some glowing things to say about Brent Morel, noting the rookie's good hands and instincts. "I think he's going to have a great career."
Following that, Crede talked about why he decided against reporting to Rockies spring training. He noted that he didn't want to come back to baseball until his back was fully healed, but if his career was over he'd be at peace with it—with one exception.
I next asked Crede about his thoughts on Jermaine Dye's retirement. While Crede hadn't spoken to Dye about his retirement, the former Sox third baseman had nothing but good things to say about the former Sox right fielder. In the second half of the video, Crede says this winter's Guillen family vs. Bobby Jenks battle overblown by members of the media and heaps praise on Ozzie as a manager.
Finally, Crede heaped praise on Jerry Reinsdorf for keeping A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko. Crede sees the Sox as a winner this year and isn't too concerned about the bullpen to boot.
Beerleaguer: First of all, I can't thank Crede enough for taking some time to chat with me today. He's a great interview and, from what I could glean from five minutes of speaking to him, a class act and a great guy. Here's hoping he resurfaces somewhere and has success.
For Crede to praise Morel the way he did is pretty neat—after all, Crede knows a thing or two about good hands and instincts. When the guy you're being compared to is saying good things about you, well...that's probably a good thing.
But the thing to really take away from this is how much respect Crede showed for the White Sox. We've seen quite a few Sox players leave the organization on bad terms in recent years, but Crede doesn't appear to be one of them. He has a tremendous amount of respect for Guillen and Reinsdorf (I wouldn't read into him not mentioning Kenny Williams—I didn't ask him about KW) and looked back fondly on his time in Chicago.
Again, here's hoping Crede can make it back to the majors at some point. But even if he doesn't, he accomplished a lot in his career and has admirers across Chicago. Like he said, that's pretty good for a small-town guy from Missouri.