White Sox rookie Jose Abreu already getting respect

White Sox rookie Jose Abreu already getting respect
April 3, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Rodney Dangerfield would probably be jealous of Jose Abreu.

Abreu has only appeared in two games and he’s already been afforded more respect than most ever see.

Abreu drew two intentional walks in Wednesday’s 7-6 win in 11 innings over the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field. Per Elias, Abreu is the first player since 1955, when the statistic was first tracked, to draw two intentional free passes within his first two major league games.

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In both instances, Abreu, who is 3-for-8 with an RBI, came to the plate with the winning run on third. Both times, Minnesota elected to face Adam Dunn, who homered in the eighth inning.

“You slow play it a little bit,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Don’t put too much pressure on him. We know he’s good, he knows he’s good and again you let him show everybody. You just let his bat talk for him.”

Earlier this week, Paul Konerko complimented Abreu for the way he approaches at-bats. Konerko likes how Abreu hits to all fields and has a good idea of what he wants to do when he steps to bat.

“You can tell by his makeup … just because it’s his first year here, he’s not young,” Konerko said. “He’s polished. He’s got more. That’s the one thing, he might be a rookie here, but he’s not a rookie.”