Chicago White Sox fans had to bid farewell to Carlos Quentin during the weekend. On Saturday, the White Sox dealt Quentin to the San Diego Padres for minor league pitchers Simon Castro and Pedro Hernandez. Quentin (nicknamed "Q-uperman") will surely be missed by White Sox fans. After Paul Konerko, Quentin was the White Sox's best run producer.
Quentin had a nice run with the White Sox in his four years on the south side of Chicago. He totaled 107 home runs and 320 RBI in those four years. He had an .857 on-base-plus-slugging figure for the White Sox.
Quentin produced for the White Sox when they needed him to come through. Here are the five most memorable moments produced by Quentin.
In April 2009, Quentin put together an impressive home-run streak. That month, he hit seven home runs in nine games from April 10–19. On April 13, Quentin hit two home runs against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit. He hit the first off starter Zach Miner in the fourth inning and the second off Eddie Bonine in the sixth.
Quentin hit home runs on three straight days from April 17–19 against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Quentin was 3-for-5 that day.
In the month, Quentin had eight home runs.
Quentin had one of the biggest games of his career against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 14, 2010. Quentin collected a career-high six RBI that day. He hit a grand slam off Brandon Morrow in the fifth inning. A couple innings later, Quentin doubled.
His big game helped the White Sox to an 11-1 win.
On May 14, 2008, Quentin came on with the bases loaded in the eighth inning of a 1-1 game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Quentin smacked a grand slam off of Scott Shields to put the White Sox ahead.
That would be all the White Sox needed as they went on to win the game 6-1.
On May 25, 2008, the White Sox hosted the Angels for another terrific feat by Quentin. With the rest of the White Sox lineup struggling to smack the ball, Quentin came through. He hit two home runs. The second was a walk-off home run off starter John Lackey to lead off the bottom of the ninth.
The bomb handed Lackey his first loss of the season.
Quentin had three of the White Sox's six hits that day and drove in all three White Sox runs.
2008 was a prodigious year for Quentin. Quentin hit 36 home runs and drove in 100 runs. His on-base percentage was .394 and his on-base-plus-slugging was .965. Quentin placed second in the American League in home runs and held the league lead before he broke his wrist in a freak injury by punching his bat.
Quentin might have won the AL MVP award that year had he not injured his wrist. Quentin was the only White Sox player with 100 runs batted in and one-of-two with an on-base percentage better than .350. Quentin would end up fifth in MVP voting and win the Silver Slugger Award.