José Abreu, who won the AL MVP last year, made it known how thrilled he was to receive the award but also clearly stated that his top priority was to win a World Series with the White Sox. Abreu top goal for 2021 is obvious: to win a ring.
But he has another goal on his to-do list before the end of his major league career: to get a chance to sing.
Abreu wants to join his buddy Yoán Moncada — who set the internet on fire with his offseason song (and accompanying music video) "Desastre Personal" — in belting out a few notes. But he's not veering into popular music, as Moncada did. He's got his sights on a different kind of song.
He wants to sing the national anthem before a game.
"I’m going to try," Abreu said Tuesday through team interpreter Billy Russo. "My plan is to do it with all the Latinos (on the team), and the way that I want to do it is to show the respect for this country, this community that has welcomed us. I think that’s the right way to do it.
"I would like to do that before my career ends. I don’t know when. But that’s something that is definitely on the wish list."
Abreu has brought this up before, during his rookie season in 2014, when he told The Score's Bruce Levine that he wanted to sing the anthem once he mastered English.
Well, Abreu was finally rewarded for mastering the majors with an MVP Award last year. Maybe the White Sox can reward him, once his English skills are up to Abreu's typically high standards, with a singing slot before any one of the team's 81 home games each season.
Or maybe Abreu can put the "world" in World Series with his planned international salute to America, should the White Sox reach the Fall Classic?