PEORIA, Ariz. -- For professional athletes, playing for the hometown team can be a very special thing. It comes with the chance to play in front of family and friends in a familiar setting.
But it also opens the door to distractions such as ticket requests and obligations to entertain ballpark visitors.
Carlos Quentin isn't concerned about those responsibilities. After being traded to his hometown San Diego Padres this winter, the slugging outfielder is embracing the homecoming and worrying little about any of the pressure that might come with it.
"I think for any professional athlete, getting the opportunity to play in their hometown is something that they embrace and can only dream of," Quentin said. "It's a rare opportunity to receive, and I'm excited about it."
Quentin has spent most of his professional offseasons in San Diego, where he starred at University of San Diego High School. He wasn't far from home when he was coming up through the Arizona Diamondbacks system but sp...