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Jose Abreu is on fire

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Jose Abreu has had a pretty darn nice couple of days.

  • On Saturday the White Sox’ first baseman hit for the cycle, going 4-for-5 with three RBI;
  • On Sunday he hit two homers, going 2-for-3, drawing a walk and driving in three;
  • Last night he fell a homer short of the cycle, walking in his final plate appearance instead, finishing the night 4-for-5 with two driven in.

Over those three games the White Sox have outscored their opponent, the Giants and Royals, 32-5. Abreu has upped his line from .295/.347/.531 to .306/.358/.564. That’s an OPS increase of .044, which is pretty dang impressive for three games.

All of this comes after he spent the latter half of last week worrying that his family and friends in Cuba were in danger from Hurricane Irma. Indeed, after his cycle on Saturday he said that he hadn’t slept well for days. He heard over the weekend, however, that his loved ones were safe, so perhaps this is what relief looks like.

Nationals virtually unveil 2019 World Series rings

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On Sunday evening, the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals unveiled their championship rings online. The Nats took down the Astros in seven hard-fought games last October to win their first Fall Classic in franchise history, with starter Stephen Strasburg winning MVP honors.

As the video highlights about the ring, the Nationals honored “Baby Shark,” a children’s song that became part of the team’s identity last year thanks to reserve outfielder Gerardo Parra. The ring also has all kinds of mementos referencing the Nationals’ triumphs throughout the years, including a reference to 2006, when the Lerner family bought the franchise.

It is a shame that, due to the global pandemic, the Nationals haven’t been able to properly get their rings like past championship winners. But they will, in due time. For now, the players can look forward to receiving their rings in the mail.