José Abreu might be having the best weekend in White Sox history. After hitting a home run off of Yu Darvish in the second inning on Sunday, Abreu now has six (!!) home runs across the three-game series against the Cubs. According to our stats guru Chris Kamka, that marks the first time a White Sox hitter has ever hit six homers in a series.
If that makes you go “OH MY GOODNESS!” you’re not alone.
But that’s not even the most impressive part, as Sunday’s homer proved to be even more historic. Going back to Saturday night, Abreu has now hit a home run in four-straight plate appearances, a feat no other White Sox hitter has accomplished, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Add it to the list of other impressive accolades on Abreu’s resume. He was the Rookie of the Year in 2014. He became the third player in MLB history to start his career with four consecutive seasons of 25+ home runs and 100+ RBI, alongside Albert Pujols and Joe DiMaggio. He led the majors in SLG in 2014, and the A.L. in RBI in 2019. He passed Magglio Ordóñez for fifth all-time on the White Sox home run leaderboard.
Yet, there were still some fans questioning if the White Sox would see a return on the three-year contract extension he signed with the team over the offseason, and Abreu was aware of the doubters. He admits a part of him wanted to prove those nay-sayers wrong.
With his fifth A.L. Player of the Week award all but locked up, Abreu seemingly has silenced those doubters at least for the rest of 2020.