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07/13/08 3:54 PM ET

Quentin, Crede set for All-Star Game

Both players making first Midsummer Classic appearances

ARLINGTON -- While the focus of this week's All-Star Game will revolve around all of the "last times" in Yankee Stadium, a pair of White Sox will be cherishing all of their All-Star "firsts."

Carlos Quentin and Joe Crede will both be making their first All-Star appearances, and with just one game left before the All-Star break, thoughts about what their experiences will be like in New York are starting to creep to the forefront of their minds.

"I'm sure I'll get excited on the way there," Quentin said. "I'm sure I'll start thinking about it. Some of the veterans have told me about it and what to expect."

Having waited nine Major League seasons to make his first All-Star Game, Crede is also eager to soak in the festivities.

"It's very exciting," Crede said. "You never know when you'll get to experience it again."

Of course, one of the peripheries of the All-Star festivities is taking care of family and friends who tag along for the trip.

Quentin made sure travel and hotel arrangements were in line for his family and friends. Now he just has to figure out what his itinerary is for when he gets there.

"I've got tickets and hotels squared away," Quentin said. "I haven't look at the schedule yet, but it's obviously pretty intense with all the things you have to attend, like the Home Run Derby, and everything leading up to the game."

However, neither Quentin nor Crede will be participating in the State Farm Home Run Derby.

With 38 combined home runs, either would have made sense to round out the Derby field, but both said they hadn't received invitations to compete. Crede said he would have accepted an invitation if asked.

Later in the day, it was announced that Minnesota's Justin Morneau filled the final opening.

Nevertheless, Quentin and Crede will have no problems occupying their time while in New York.

"I just want to relax and take it all in," Quentin said. "I remember watching it on TV last year, and now I'm there."

"If you look at it big picture, I've come a pretty long way," Quentin said. "It's a great feeling to be admired by my peers. This is something special, and when I look back on it, I'll certainly enjoy the accomplishment."

Shawn Shroyer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.