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Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu wants to sing the national anthem before a White Sox game

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We’re gonna have to hold you to this, Jose ...

Jose Abreu told me his goal is to master the English language and sing the National anthem before a White Sox game.

— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) September 14, 2014

Abreu admitted to the Chicago Sun-Times recently that he was moved to tears when he heard the anthem at this year’s All-Star Game in Minneapolis: “I love everything about it,’’ said the Cuban slugger. “That is probably the best anthem I have heard. I like it the best. In reality, I don’t know the meaning of the words yet, but I like the way it sounds, the way it goes. ... I don’t sing, but I have a routine in the shower.”

Abreu has been a breakout star in his first year of a six-year, $68 million contract, batting .321/.383/.598 with 34 homers and 100 RBI in 132 games. He should run away with American League Rookie of the Year honors.

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