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In My Words: Yolmer Sanchez

White Sox infielder enjoying the moment in the big leagues
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My family is a big reason for the way I am. I have a big, big family. My mom has 10 brothers and sisters. We have a lot of cousins, uncles, aunts.

My whole family has a lot of energy. They like to have fun all the time. I think I get it from them.

My family is a big reason for the way I am. I have a big, big family. My mom has 10 brothers and sisters. We have a lot of cousins, uncles, aunts.

My whole family has a lot of energy. They like to have fun all the time. I think I get it from them.

I worked so hard to get to the big leagues, and I really want to enjoy my time here. I play hard, really hard. Respect the game, but I also want to have fun every time I go out there.

When I get a base hit, I look to my teammates in the dugout, my wife, my son. I do the "Mickey Mouse ears" sign with my hands. My son, Noah, means everything to me. He loves to watch Mickey Mouse. It's something special for him.

Video: CWS@CIN: Sanchez puts Sox ahead with single in 7th

When I get to know my other teammates, I let out my personality. I don't do it right away, especially here in the big leagues. When I first came up to the White Sox in 2014, I felt a little shy.

But after being here for a few years, now I have chemistry and good relationships with my teammates. I try to keep the team loose when I can. You have to wait for the right time. You're not going to play around with someone who just went 0-for-5. I know everyone here. I know when they're mad and when I can play around with them. That's why I never get in trouble.

I got a lot of attention for dumping the Gatorade bucket on my head after Trayce Thompson hit a walk-off homer to beat Minnesota in May. It was crazy. I remember we were tied in the bottom of the ninth. I got to the dugout. I don't know why, but I was 100 percent sure we were going to have a walk-off. I didn't know if it would be a homer or a hit. When I came to the dugout, I started to think, "What am I going to do celebrate? OK, let's dump the water on me."

Video: MIN@CWS: Thompson crushes a walk-off homer in the 9th

Five seconds later, Trayce hit the homer. I took the water -- it was a little heavy -- and poured it on my head. I saw the reaction of the people. They said, "When are you going to do it again?" I don't like to do it every day. People will get tired of it. So I look for the right time.

Make no mistake, there's a serious side to me too. People don't see what I do to get ready to play. When I get to the ballpark, I work out. I hit in the cage. I take ground balls. It's a lot of work. I believe in the work I put in. I know if I do everything I practice, I'll get good results.

It's important to always be positive. If I have a bad game, I'll think about what I did wrong. Then I'll enjoy my family and come back the next day. This game is so hard. It's easy to get frustrated. Staying positive is the best thing you can do.

Playing in the big leagues was my dream since I was a little kid. I meet a lot of great people. I see a lot of kids smile. Oh man, this game brings a lot of happiness to my life. You never know how long this is going to last. I want to enjoy every second while I am here.

As told to Ed Sherman.

Chicago White Sox, Yolmer Sanchez