Looking Back: Jose Abreu in Black and White

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Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

As Jose Abreu gets ready to take the field in another jersey, this time in Orange for the Houston Astros against his former team, the Chicago White Sox, we will take a look back on Abreu’s time with the White Sox as he prepares to line up opposite of “the good guys” for the first time in his career.

Gave it his all

Jose Abreu wore the black and white with pride for nine proud years, and as the 2022 White Sox domino fell, so did Abreu’s tenure with the Sox. He’s everything the city of Chicago could have asked for and more than the city deserved. You walk around the city of Chicago and fans would tell you, he’s a hard worker, a leader, a voice, and a great person.

He’s not flashy, he’s not a Ronald Acuna Jr. or Fernando Tatis Jr. he’s what you call the gritty old-nosed first baseman that produces on a high level for a championship-caliber team. Abreu stuck with the Sox through thick and thin, the summer dog days when the Sox had no interest in competing because of the lack of talent. He only got to experience two playoff appearances that ended very sour, in 2020 & 2021, both of which were first-round exits. Abreu was named Silver Slugger (2014, 2018, 2020), Rookie of the year (2014), MVP in a 2020 shortened season, Hank Aaron Award, and the Sporting News Major League Player of the Year Award (2020), along with many players of the week/month and rookie of the week/month awards during his time as a “good guy.”

Moving On

As Abreu and the White Sox move on in 2023, there is some questions as to why it happened, but at the end of the day it’s a business. You can’t hate the move, but your not expected to like it as White Sox fans or MLB fans, as going to a program that was caught cheating in the postseason by stealing signs in 2017. But as you can see, Abreu moved on and deserved it, to have a legitimate chance at winning a ring, as his time is coming near an end, at 36 years old, with tons of accolades, memories, accomplishments, and statistics.

Here’s a look at Thursday night between Jose and his former team.

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