MINNEAPOLIS — His parents don’t hesitate when asked about their favorite moment from Jose Dariel Abreu’s first season in the majors.
For much of the season, the White Sox slugger has exuded confidence and calm even as he has continued to rack up eye-opening accomplishments. But for one moment in April, Abreu, who leads the major leagues with 29 home runs and has twice been named the American League rookie of the month, was so excited he couldn’t contain himself.
On April 25, Abreu’s walkoff grand slam not only lifted the White Sox to a stunning win over the Tampa Bay Rays, it also brought out the kid in the first baseman.
“He’s so calm, that’s one thing we talk about in family,” Jose’s father, Jose Oriol Abreu said. “He never shows his emotions. But that day he threw the helmet, celebrated, came out of dugout and thanked the fans. That was like, ‘I’m here to stay in the major leagues.’ ”
Abreu has a .292/.342/.630 slash line with 50 extra-base hits and 73 RBIs. On Tuesday night he’ll appear in his first All-Star Game with his mother, Daysi Correa, and father in attendance. It’s the first time Abreu’s parents will attend one of their son’s major league games in person.