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In My Words: Jose Abreu

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Thank you. Just thank you all for your support. I sincerely don't have enough words to express my appreciation for the honor of being your and the Chicago White Sox representative in the 2018 All-Star Game.

As I always say, I don't play baseball for personal accolades or recognitions. That is why, for me, this election to be the starting first baseman for the American League in this year's Midsummer Classic was a surprise. I'm really overwhelmed with the honor, especially after realizing that the last White Sox player to be voted in by the fans was Frank Thomas 22 years ago.

Thank you. Just thank you all for your support. I sincerely don't have enough words to express my appreciation for the honor of being your and the Chicago White Sox representative in the 2018 All-Star Game.

As I always say, I don't play baseball for personal accolades or recognitions. That is why, for me, this election to be the starting first baseman for the American League in this year's Midsummer Classic was a surprise. I'm really overwhelmed with the honor, especially after realizing that the last White Sox player to be voted in by the fans was Frank Thomas 22 years ago.

At first, I was questioning my election because the last month and half I haven't been producing or performing at my best, even though I've been working as hard as possible. But that is how baseball goes, and I just have to deal with it. I can't quit or retreat. I need to keep moving forward. I need to be strong to overcome slumps, struggles and obstacles, just like every other person in real life.

After I received the official news about my selection to the All-Start Game, all my doubts and feelings that were holding me back and making me feel guilty disappeared. I just felt happy and relieved because all of a sudden I realized being voted by the fans is an honor and a responsibility bigger than me. I also understand that this was a recognition of all my effort since I started playing in the big leagues in 2014.

Video: Abreu lands a spot in the 2018 All-Star Game

Without question, this is a motivation that I hope to carry with me to Washington and for the rest of the season. I am making a promise to all of you: I'll give my very best effort to represent you and the great White Sox organization at Nationals Park on Tuesday.

I'm sure it will be an overwhelming experience, much like my first one in 2014 at Target Field in Minnesota. Back then, I was a rookie and I had the opportunity to be around great players like Derek Jeter, who was in his last year as a player, and share the field with them. But nothing was more exciting than hearing my name attached with the Chicago White Sox: "From the Chicago White Sox, first baseman Jose Abreu." That gave me goosebumps.

This time, in Washington, I will have the blessing and opportunity to enjoy the All-Star Game with my entire family and loved ones. But most importantly, I will have my two sons, Dariel and Josué, with me. They weren't with me in 2014. Dariel was in Cuba, and Josué wasn't born yet.

This wouldn't be possible without the support of all of you, and for that I am sincerely grateful. As I always say, I play this game to bring you joy, to represent the Chicago White Sox organization and to make my mom and all my family happy and proud.

Thank you.

Jose Abreu is a first baseman for the Chicago White Sox.

Chicago White Sox, Jose Abreu