Eloy Jimenez's hot stretch dates a little further back than just the start of the just completed six-game homestand. You can remember the ball he hit on the other side of I-70 in Kansas City.
But before he played for huge masses of the White Sox faithful, Jimenez announced his arrival as the kind of slugger that everyone has been waiting to see.  Until recently, the biggest positive about Jimenez was simply that he was a great leaguer. He was not yet a terribly effective big leaguer, he spent a long time on the damaged list and routinely made spectators worry with his game in the left field.
But that's not the case anymore. Jimenez broke his first homer on the South Side in Tuesday's match against the Washington Nationals, an absolute bomb that hit the cover. Three nights later, he hit a couple of three round homers to win a victory over the New York Yankees. All in all, he went 7-21
"I was very impatient," said Jimenez on Saturday about what went wrong earlier in the season. "Now I'm more patient on the record and I see the ball better. And I get more seats to hit.
" This is the guy I've always been. Right now I feel it is there. I see the ball well and hit the ball really on the bar right now. I take more walks than the first two weeks. I feel really good. "
This is actually the guy who generated all that hype, the guy who had fans demanding, he was called up throughout the 2018 season. This is the guy who is expected to spend the next decade in the middle of White Sox Series
This is the guy White Sox fans have been waiting for since he was acquired in 2017 with the Cubs.
"I know from the first moment we saw him in a camp A few years ago, you could see that there was apparently a talent in this young man, said manager Rick Renteria before Sunday's battle. "What I see is the experience he wins at the big league level. He begins to make adjustments in the box.
" The other things I see are, however, the work he has put in the off-road. He really starts to improve out there. I think his jump, his line to the ball is very good. His all-round game begins to become a little more comfortable at the big league level.
"You look at him and you forget he just turned 22. He is a young. He continues to improve and hopefully this is an exponential growth here in the next month or two when we really see many things happen. "
And to his next trick? He's going to Wrigley Field.
White Sox fans jazzes annually for the Crosstown series and it is undoubtedly a fun time of year. But this season edition will pack a little extra blow. Not only is the White Sox playing much better baseball than they have in recent seasons, seasons where the Cubs have been the World Series contenders – and one of the main drivers of it, Lucas Giolito, gets the ball in Wednesday's game – but Jimenez is now a great leaguer.
The headline of Jose Quintana's trade has resembled a steal for a while now considering the prospects and all the hype that came with them. But now Jimenez wants to squeeze against the team that signed him. In the park, he always assumed that he would call his big home.
The funny girlfriend Jimenez doesn't seem like the kind of guy to keep an angry or want to show the Cubs what they were shopping for, but he may end up doing the latter anyway.
Imagine frenzy White Sox fans will be whipped in if Jimenez parks one on Waveland Avenue.
"Everyone is excited about going over to that part of the city," Renteria said. "For him, in the concrete that comes from the organization originally, I am sure he will go out there and show them what he is made of. And hopefully it's something pretty solid.
" He'll be able to Control yourself. The excitement may perhaps play to his advantage provided it is contained and directed at the right place. "
There were bright spots all over this organization before Jimenez started swinging a hot bat. Giolito has been a Cy Young candidate for the first two and a half months season. Tim Anderson still boasts one of the highest batting averages In the US league, Yoan Moncada is much improved from his disappointing 2018 season. James McCann has been a healer of discovery by catcher.
But Jimenez represented and continues to represent the bright future of this organization more than any of And now he is one of the 2019 bright spots that the future looks more realistic than ever before.
It's not really who Jimenez opposes, but if he can do it against Cubs, on Wrigley Field, his permanent smile can grow a little bigger, and he won't be the only South Side with a big smile if the ball picks up Wrigley tracks down a mammoth homer from a White Sox bat.
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