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In My Words: Fatherhood on deck for Lopez

Special to MLB.com

I'm ready and excited to become a father.

This is the greatest blessing a human being can have. For me, it is everything. That is the reason why I feel happy, excited and nervous all at once. My baby girl will be my princess and the new light of my life.

I'm ready and excited to become a father.

This is the greatest blessing a human being can have. For me, it is everything. That is the reason why I feel happy, excited and nervous all at once. My baby girl will be my princess and the new light of my life.

Becoming a father has been one of my dreams during my whole life, just like becoming a Major League pitcher. This would be my biggest achievement. I feel very proud, because I've been able to accomplish each and every one of my goals. First, to help my family and provide for them. Second, I got married to an awesome woman who is now carrying the soon-to-be most important treasure of my life, and our life together. Third, thanks to my work, my effort and daily dedication, I am in a position in which I can sustain my own family.

The most important value of being a Christian is family; to build and maintain a happy family. Family is everything. I'm always thanking God, because He is the one who gives me strength and guides my steps.

I have always felt the need and desire to be a father, and I believe I am ready. Everyone in my family always asks me for advice. I think it is because I am the oldest grandchild in my family, I have had to carry the responsibility of being an advisor for my sisters, cousins and other relatives. Even though this will be my first experience as a father, I think I have the knowledge to manage and succeed in that role.

I truly believe I know how to care for and raise my daughter. Of course, the real test will be once she is born. With God's will, I will do a good job as a father.

The first thing I want to teach to my baby is to love God. My family taught me to love God as a good Christian. I will teach her that God exists and is alive within us. I also will teach her values and reinforce them during her whole life. Values are important in order to be a good and humble person.

Zoe will be her name because I have always liked it since the first time I heard it from actress Zoe Saldana. My wife also likes the name because it means life and hope. She will be an extra source of motivation for me, for my life and for my career. Actually, she has been the force that has been driving me this year. Everything I do is for her.

My life is going to change now that I'm having a baby. But it will be a good change. I am excited, my little princess Zoe, to have you with me and in our life. God bless you.

As told to Billy Russo

Reynaldo Lopez is a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox.

Chicago White Sox, Reynaldo Lopez