Chicago is a city of lots of love. During my visit here, I was able to go into the clubhouse and meet with a few of the guys like Yoan Moncada and Carson Fulmer. Carson gave me a nice welcome and really made me feel like I was a part of the current roster. Everyone on the team and in the clubhouse treated me very well.
I truly believe that I could be playing here right now, but God's timing is perfect. If I work hard every day, try to do my best and constantly learn about the game, I will put myself in the best position to show the people who make the decision that I can contribute here. In my mind, I am ready, but I have to wait.
I grew up playing basketball before starting to play baseball 10 years ago. My first-ever at-bat, I was hit by a pitch in the head. After that first at-bat, my dad told me not to give up and to keep trying, and I didn't give up. My second at-bat was a home run.
I have worked very hard since then and have been able to have some great moments in my career. My favorite moment so far was my first Futures Game. Before the game, I talked to one of my friends, and he said that it would be cool if I hit a home run in the game, and in my last at-bat, I did. That was a pretty cool moment for me.
When I found out that I was traded, I was surprised; it was a weird moment for me. But I know in my mind that I can't control that. All I can control is playing hard no matter what uniform I have on. The night that I was traded, I had to play against my former team. I don't want to say it was sad, but it was a strange feeling. Once the game started, I had to focus in and I was all business.
Every time that I step on the field, I want to have fun. My personality is to have fun, but at the same time I don't want to get tense. I project confidence; it's just one of those things that just happens. Some days, I wake up and feel good and say that I am going to hit a home run in that game. I have that kind of confidence in myself and in my game. It's not just with home runs though, it's with singles, doubles and triples. I feel good about my game when I am on the field.
I have a routine that I do every day. I believe in my routine, and that's why I work hard every day. You have to have a plan going in to each day and have a purpose for that day. That is the way that I like to work and prepare myself for each game.
I work so hard because I want to be the best player every time that I step onto the field. I don't want to be just another player, I want to be the best.
Eloy Jimenez is a prospect for the Chicago White Sox. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.