Photos by Square56 Photography
This post was originally published on July 23, 2015. We put it up again to commemorate the premiere of the Comcast Chicago special “Going Home: Jose Abreu,” which documents Abreu’s return to Cuba. Learn more about it here.
On Monday, Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilege celebrated Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox as part of its Hennessy All-Star Series, which celebrates exemplary Latinos in sports who “Never stop. Never settle.”
Taking place at Studio Paris in downtown Chicago, the Sox’s leading home run hitter, all-star and 2014 American League Rookie of the Year was honored for his leadership, endurance and commitment to the sport of baseball throughout his successful career dating back to his formative years in Cuba.
Guests enjoyed signature V.S.O.P cocktails inspired by Abreu including the “Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilege Abreu” and the “Windy City Mule.”
WARR Editorial Director Kyle Means was on hand and gained exclusive access to the reserved but cordial slugger, who was enjoying an off-day among a slew of well-wishers and played the role of “man of the hour” with ease, whether speaking his native tongue or being assisted by his interpreter, Lou.
Only in his second year, Abreu says he feels more and more comfortable and happy with the game of baseball and with playing it in his new home.
With more events like Monday’s that comfort should only expand and settle in. Maybe that’s a little at odds with the marketing of the event’s sponsor but if it means a long, successful run in Chicago for Abreu then that’s something to throw a toast for.
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