The Chicago White Sox went all out with the home run ball during Tuesday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners. Zack Collins and Luis Robert each hit their first of the season which was really nice to see. Those two blasts really helped the White Sox earn a victory over the Mariners and get back to .500. However, the main event of the night was the monster home run for Jose Abreu that put the game out of reach for Seattle.
Jose Abreu’s late home run made it clear that the Chicago White Sox were going to win.
Of course, winning is the most important thing in baseball. It is great to have individual accomplishments but most guys want to win. That is why Jose Abreu’s home run late in the game was so important. It was a grand slam that got the White Sox up to 10 runs. It was just what they needed to keep the 8th and 9th inning as stress-free as possible.
The cool part about this home run is that it was the 200th in the career of Jose Abreu. It is a major accomplishment for one of the best players in the history of the franchise. He went into the season with 198 and he reached this milestone by hitting a grand slam in back to back series. Now, he is amongst the all-time great White Sox players and Cuban-born players as well.
Abreu now ranks fifth amongst the all-time White Sox home run hitters. He only trails Frank Thomas (448), Paul Konerko (432), Harold Baines (421), and Carlton Fisk (214). By the end of the season, if he has a typical Jose Abreu season, he will be in third place all by himself.
Based on the late start to his career, catching Paulie and The Big Hurt feels unlikely but there is no doubt that he is one of the all-time great players the team has ever had. Abreu also became the sixth ever Cuban-born player to reach that milestone of 200 career home runs.
It is really cool whenever a player of this magnitude does something cool and meaningful for the franchise that you cheer for. Jose Abreu and the White Sox have been loyal to each other during some very difficult times and are now each reaping the benefits of it. Abreu deserves all of the accolades he is getting right now. Hopefully, we see more of these types of milestones, and winning baseball follows.