New dad Quintana still having fun on the hill despite lack of wins

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(CHICAGO) -- When White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana takes the mound, he's the picture of focus.

But watch him before the game, and he’s a mosaic of fist bumps, hand slaps and bro hugs.

"Latin guys love hand shakes," Quintana says. "We started hand shakes and tried to make them relaxing before going to the mound."

Quintana has a different way to give dap to nearly every Sox player. But for years it's been Quintana who hasn't gotten a fair shake. Only five pitchers in baseball have added more wins above replacement than the Sox lefty since 2013, and yet in that span Q is tied for 60th in the league in wins.

"As a guy playing the best baseball in the league and putting up numbers against rest of league past 2-3 years, people don’t talk about him," Sox catcher Dioner Navarro said. "I don’t think it bothers him, and he just goes out there and does the same thing and he’s great."

The results looked different to start the season, as Quintana won five of his first seven starts. But the bad luck has surfaced again as Quintana has lost six of his last seven starts, despite the third lowest ERA in the American League.

"I don’t change anything, I try to get better," Quintana said when asked if he changes his approach when the wins aren't coming. "Now i feel like I have more experience and I can bring that to the game."

Quintana may not have changed much on the fiel, but he experienced a big one off it.
Four months ago he and his wife Michele welcomed their first child to the world, Ariana Michele.

"It changed things a lot. Now I feel I have extra motivation to be a good father, more responsibility for me to try to care for her," the Sox pitcher said. "She's the best part of my life, and after a game I try to go quickly to home and enjoy moments with her.”
Family means everything to Quintana, as do his roots.
The pitcher is one of just 18 players in MLB history from Colombia, a soccer crazy country (he's a Real Madrid fan), where baseball is steadily on the rise.

“Now baseball, the people believe in the sport, more major league players," Quintana said. "We have really good guys, minor league guys, hope they come in quick. What we try to do here for us is really impressive for the country and now the focus is on the sport.”

And the sport in this country is finally focusing on Quintana’s talent.
Both with a baseball and a hand shake line.


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