Jose Abreu hopes he will be a part of the next White Sox team to win a world championship.
But while he waits for that day, he’s already starting his jewelry collection.
White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf presented Abreu with a special ring Thursday, honoring the slugger for becoming the sixth player in team history to hit for the cycle.
Abreu’s cycle was one of the highlights of what’s been a remarkable second half for the fourth-year Cuban import. Coming in Sept. 9’s game against the San Francisco Giants, Abreu became the first White Sox player to hit for the cycle since Jose Valentin did it in 2000.
A ring with the same design as the one Abreu got Thursday was also given to Valentin in 2000 and Chris Singleton in 1999.
Abreu was honored on the field before Thursday night’s game for that accomplishment, as well as for becoming the third player ever to begin his major league career with four straight 25-homer, 100-RBI seasons, joining Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols. Pujols, in town with the visiting Los Angeles Angels, joined Abreu during his on-field recognition.