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


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

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.

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.