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Podsednik an All-Star?

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9afI4QUR.jpgKANSAS CITY, Mo. - Scott Podsednik knows that the chances of him being named to the All-Star Team are slim.
But if his name is called Sunday afternoon, what a story it would be for the White Sox outfielder.
"I told myself that I would like to win one more World Series and make at least one more All-Star Game, so it would feel good,'' Podsednik admitted on Saturday. "Especially with the road I took to get here, being at my house at the beginning of the season in April, and then in July, being somewhat considered for an All-Star Game would be pretty special for me.''
There is no question that Podsednik has re-invented himself - on and off the field since the Sox signed him to a minor-league deal back in April and recalled him in early May. Before the afternoon game with the Royals, he detailed that change.
"That's the biggest difference in my game from two to three years ago to now, I used to play the game with a lot of anxiety,'' Podsednik said. "I pressed, I tried to go out and make things happen. I tried to take all the things I've learned in my years in the big leagues and make myself better. That's what has helped me the most, to find the ability to go out and play the game at a relaxed level. Just let my talents and abilities come out without trying to make it happen. That's the number one thing.
"A big step toward that was the spring training game I played against the Sox near the end of camp. The Rockies had told me, 'You're not going to make this club [just before the game],' and from there I had nothing to lose. I went out, had fun and played the game really relaxed. A light kind of went off and I told myself, 'Hey, you need to figure out how to take the field that relaxed day in and day out.' ''
Podsednik had two hits off Mark Buehrle that day, but more importantly showed Sox general manager Ken Williams he could still play.
Now, he has become the catalyst as the Sox leadoff hitter, and is receiving praise like, "I think God sent Podsednik to us'' from manager Ozzie Guillen.
As far as Podsednik was concerned, however, he's just finally having fun.
"That's the thing - I'm genuinely having fun out on the field,'' Podsednik said. "I've learned how to create the games inside the game that have really helped me, really breaking the game down to kind of its simplest form - putting the bat on the baseball and trying to outrun the ball to first, things of that nature, not letting balls fall in out in left field. I'm just having fun out there playing and it's helping me.''

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