Quentin aims to enjoy game more next year

Quentin aims to enjoy game more next year

CHICAGO -- There's a great deal for Carlos Quentin to be happy about in regard to being part of the Chicago White Sox.

The right fielder stands as a prominent and valued contributor to the team's offense, and as run production goes, has had a solid year with 87 RBIs. The arbitration-eligible Quentin also earned $3.2 million during the 2010 campaign.

Yet, this young talent, who can be quite thoughtful and humorous with his comments, walks around with a semi-permanent scowl. He doesn't seem to be enjoying a game where he has excelled, and that problem has become one Quentin said he will address in the offseason.

"I want to make sure, I need to do all I can to make sure my efforts on the field are in the right direction," said Quentin, carefully choosing his words while addressing this topic on Tuesday. "When I say that, I mean in a sense of right direction as always positive, always directed toward enjoying this game."

Quentin could learn a lesson in this area from Scott Podsednik, the one-time White Sox World Series hero. Podsednik admitted how he didn't allow himself to appreciate all the game had to offer before he was temporarily out of baseball at the start of the 2009 season. Podsednik came back to the White Sox a more relaxed and more successful individual.

It's now an offseason target for Quentin.

"That's basically what I have to say about that," said Quentin, without going into specific detail of his plans. "I have to take steps to do that in the offseason, and I will."