Podsednik enjoying career comeback

Guillen: "Pods" a special guy

June 1, 2009, 11:38 PM

By: Nick Friedell

Scott Podsednik

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Scott Podsednik has provided a spark at the top of the order that the White Sox desperately needed.

Scott Podsednik sat at home in Texas during the early part of this season and wondered if his career had come to an end. The outfielder had just been released by Colorado and wasn't sure if he would ever see a major league field again.

"There were a lot of emotions that were going on upstairs," the Sox's outfielder admitted before Monday night's game. "It was very different and very weird being at home, looking up and seeing guys playing baseball -- the grass was a lot greener and the trees were a lot greener. I don't usually see that at that time of the year."

You've read this story before: The veteran player returns to his old team looking to rekindle the good old days, hoping to turn back the clock. The difference with Podsednik is that his comeback has become more than the usual publicity stunt. The 33-year-old player has provided a spark at the top of the order that the Sox desperately needed, and he's one of the main reasons the Sox have won eight of their past 10 games.

Jim Thome, who crushed a three-run homer to propel the Sox to a 6-2 victory at The Cell, admitted as much after the game.

"I think you credit a lot of things," Thome said when asked about the team's recent surge. "Podsednik, Alexei's (Ramirez) done a nice job, obviously Jermaine [Dye] -- Jermaine's having a heck of a year. Paulie [Konerko], the same thing. We got some guys that are swinging the bats well, but you credit that top of that order, they've been on base."

Podsednik scored two more runs Monday night, and appears to be giving the team the same type of lift he did in 2005, when the Sox won the World Series.

"He's taking us back a little bit," White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said before the game. "And reminding us why we got him in the first place.

"We would have never let him go if it weren't for the injuries. [His recent play] is good for him, it's good for the ballclub, and certainly has given us a new dimension or a dimension that we had and lost for a while. It's also allowed some of the younger guys to go down in the order, where they probably should be right now, to where they can go ahead and get their feet underneath them."

In short, Podsednik has given Guillen the type of stable presence that has been lacking at the top of order all season. But Guillen is quick to point out that people need to forget about what Podsednik accomplished in 2005 and concentrate on what he is contributing now.

"I think Pods is a special guy for us," Guillen said. "It's not what we did in 2005. I think a lot of people are still living in 2005. This is 2009; we still talk about 2005, that's four years old -- I think Podsednik is doing a tremendous job, he feels comfortable on this ballclub."

The Sox's new/old leadoff man certainly does. It was hard not to notice the smile on his face, and he talked about the new lease on life the Sox gave him, and the fact that his wife Lisa just gave birth to the couple's first child, a baby girl.

"Right now, things really couldn't be better in Scott Podsednik's world" he said.

Guillen, Williams and the rest of his teammates couldn't agree more. They're glad to be part of it once again.

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