BOSTON -- They have long been his biggest supporters and next week Jose Abreu’s parents get a chance to cheer him on in person.
The White Sox slugger -- who entered Monday tied for the major league lead with 27 home runs -- said his parents would attend the July 15 All-Star Game in Minneapolis.
Abreu was selected on Sunday by his peers to be a reserve for the American League in exhibition at Target Field. Not only are he and his parents excited, they’ll have an opportunity to celebrate on one of baseball’s biggest stages.
“They couldn’t believe it, but they’re very happy,” Abreu said through a translator on Monday. “There are no words to describe how I feel just to be able to have them be there for something that you work as hard as I have for this. There are some times when I’m talking to them and I’m telling them about these things that they don’t believe and sometimes I don’t believe that it’s happening. It is a great thing and we enjoy it.”
Abreu said his parents arrived in Florida from Cuba two months ago. He has visited with them once in person but said he sees them via Face Time on his iPhone every day.
Abreu has long credited his parents with being a big part of his success. His mother suggested he wear the No. 79 so people would remember him and pushed Abreu to go to the United States and follow his dream. He also credited her for good advice the morning of April 8 before he hit the first two home runs of his career.