This is the inaugural post in a new series I’ll be writing about the Chicago White Sox. So go ahead and “Put Your Sox On”.
If you know me, the “Dutch Lion”, you know that I’m a huge White Sox fan. Always have been, ever since I stepped into the old Comiskey Park for the first time on July 25, 1982. One look at the expansive green grass field and I was sold. Sox forever!
What a great time to be a Sox fan! As we embark on this rebuild, it’s gonna be so much fun. Just think about it……..and remember it. Remember the sad times when we’re on top of the world. The tough times are what make us appreciate the good times. So don’t take it for granted. Nothing is certain. Nothing is for sure. Will the Sox win the World Series again soon? Don’t count on it. That way we won’t be distraught if they don’t. Having said that, I’ve always been a positive person, especially when it comes to sports. I’m that guy that thinks, no…….. KNOWS that our time will come. And I can’t wait.
Opening Day 2018 was fun, no? When James Shields started the game by giving up 4 quick runs, I wasn’t too happy. It felt a lot like 2016 and 2017. “Here we go again……..” But then a funny thing happened. The hitters woke up, bombing 6 home runs off of Kansas City pitching en route to a 14-7 victory at the Royals’ Kauffmann Stadium.
Matt Davidson hit 3 homers. Tim Anderson hit 2 dongs. Jose Abreu started it all in the 4th inning with his 1st bomb and the Sox were off and running. 14 hits and 7 walks off of the Royals pitching including starter Danny Duffy make us think this 2018 Sox team might be more than meets the eye.
But it’s one game folks. Pump the brakes, even though GM Rick Hahn told us not to the other day.
Could this Sox team contend? Possibly but not probably. The AL Central isn’t very good. Only Cleveland is a really solid World Series contender. Minnesota? I don’t believe in them. Kansas City is a shadow of its former self, the 2015 World Series Champs. Detroit……please.
Therefore, I’m picking Chicago to finish in 2nd or 3rd place in the division in 2018 with a near .500 record. Expect 81-81 or so.
That’s it for today. Tomorrow is Game 2 of the ’18 campaign. I’m so happy we had the off day……we needed the rest after running around the bases so often on Thursday. Tomorrow……..don’t forget to “Put your Sox On!”