"I was just like, 'Man, I know that's an award every player would like to have,'" said Abreu through interpreter and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz. "Once again, I thank God. And the first thing I thought of was my mom. I wish she was here so she could see it as well. I know she's going to be very happy."
Abreu has set the March/April Major League rookie record with 10 homers and 32 RBIs. He also has proven to be able to make adjustments within games, let alone within weeks of games.
"When I got out of Cuba, I said to myself, 'I'm going to be ready mentally for any kind of adversity I may have,'" Abreu said. "I don't really know what kind of adjustments they will be making on me, but if they make adjustments, I will be making adjustments on them as well. God willing, we'll have success again."
The rookie sensation continued his hot streak with a 2-for-4 performance in Monday's 7-3 victory over the Rays. He is 16-for-42 with six home runs and 18 RBIs in his last 10 games and has 10 homers and 26 RBIs in his last 20.
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