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Lip Man 1
03-31-2013, 05:32 PM
To every Sox fan and member of WSI.

May the team have a good, safe season (ditto for the fans...) May the players play to the best of their abilities and may the baseball gods smile down upon them.

At worst let them win more games then they lose when all is said and done.

Enjoy the season everybody.

Lip

LITTLE NELL
03-31-2013, 05:36 PM
Strange feeling about this team, would not surprise me if they win 86 games but then again it would not surprise me if they lose 86 games. Here's hoping for the best.

BainesHOF
03-31-2013, 05:55 PM
I'm cautiously optimistic. We have the pitching and the talent to reach the playoffs, but we need a lot of things to break right.

One line had our season win total at 81 games. I think we'll finish above that .500 mark. The question is whether we can win 90. I think Floyd is the player who can most make or break us.

I'm ready for baseball.

SCCWS
03-31-2013, 07:01 PM
I think 80 wins would be a major accomplishment with this offense.

dickallen15
03-31-2013, 07:24 PM
I think 80 wins would be a major accomplishment with this offense.

Rios probably goes down a bit. Flowers probably has a tough time matching AJ last year, but if Konerko stays healthy, and Dunn can hit .220, and either Ramirez or Beckham improve, considering the Sox got a .600 OPS out of 3B, and still were 4th in the AL in runs, even more than the Tigers, the offense should be fine.

amsteel
03-31-2013, 08:11 PM
It's cliched, but hope springs eternal on opening day. There's nothing to confirm your worst fears or temper your (however high or low) expectations.

Golden Sox
03-31-2013, 08:14 PM
I have to admit, I'm worried about the future of John Danks. If he comes back the White Sox will win a Playoff spot by Labor Day. If he doesn't come back, the White Sox will still get into the 2013 Playoffs. So, Don't Worry, Be Happy. 2013 is going to be a wonderful season on the Great Southside Of Chicago.

SCCWS
03-31-2013, 08:28 PM
Rios probably goes down a bit. Flowers probably has a tough time matching AJ last year, but if Konerko stays healthy, and Dunn can hit .220, and either Ramirez or Beckham improve, considering the Sox got a .600 OPS out of 3B, and still were 4th in the AL in runs, even more than the Tigers, the offense should be fine.

The bench is very weak. Already Boston and Tampa have lost their DH for 6 weeks. What happens when the White Sox lose a starter for 6 weeks? Say Rios or Dunn or Paulie. The offense has some weak spots w the projected starters. If a bench player has to play for an extended time, I think the offense is in trouble.
To your point I think Beckham or Ramirez improves but DeAza may go the opposite way and i think Flowers is a .220 hitter.

roylestillman
03-31-2013, 08:48 PM
I heard it in the Parking Lot on Opening Day 2006: "Opening Day, Christmas, and my Birthday...in that order." Too true.

Noneck
03-31-2013, 09:08 PM
Once again, I hope for the Sox to be in the hunt till at least labor day. The summertime without meaningful Sox games are not good summers.

cheezheadsoxfan
03-31-2013, 09:20 PM
"Opening Day. All you have to do is say the words and feel the shutters thrown wide, the room air out, the light pour in. In baseball, no other day is so pure with possibility" - Mary Schmich

Says it for me!

shingo10
03-31-2013, 09:23 PM
Once again, I hope for the Sox to be in the hunt till at least labor day. The summertime without meaningful Sox games are not good summers.


So very true. Summer of 07 and 11 were bleak. Last season was phenomenal until the collapse.

They say pitching and defense wins games. Lets hope so.

Here's to a fantastic season and hopefully postseason :gulp:

Railsplitter
03-31-2013, 09:27 PM
Strange feeling about this team, would not surprise me if they win 86 games but then again it would not surprise me if they lose 86 games. Here's hoping for the best.
86 games could be enough to win the AL Central.

Wedema
03-31-2013, 09:28 PM
Looking forward to a great season of baseball on the South Side as I will be attending my 27th straight home opener tomorrow.

rainbow6
03-31-2013, 09:46 PM
At the age of 41 and following the White Sox for the last 30, I'm finally admitting something I should have long ago - any predicitions I make or feelings I have about the team are usually wrong. After last years 13-17 start I wanted Kenny Williams head on a plate and was sure this organization was staring at a multi-year stretch of sub. 500 ball. A couple months later I was as confidant as I ever was that that squad could legitimately win a World Series. A few weeks later, well you know the rest...

This year, I'm happy baseball is back and I hope to steer clear of any overreactions in the first few months.

Although If we don't win tomorrow .........

delben91
03-31-2013, 11:10 PM
I still say Opening Day should be a national holiday.

Here's to 6 months (or 7 :cool:) of the greatest game on earth. GO SOX!

:gulp:

GlassSox
03-31-2013, 11:51 PM
I still say Opening Day should be a national holiday.

Here's to 6 months (or 7 :cool:) of the greatest game on earth. GO SOX!

:gulp:

Amen :worship:

doublem23
04-01-2013, 12:06 AM
Happy Season, everyone!

LITTLE NELL
04-01-2013, 05:26 AM
86 games could be enough to win the AL Central.

I think 90 is the number, Tigers improved while we stayed the same. To begin with, we have to do better head to head against Detroit and KC, 12-24 against those guys last year, 18-18 would have won the division by 3 games. The Tribe will be tougher this year also, 11-7 against them last year, might be tough to duplicate.

kevingrt
04-01-2013, 07:00 AM
Go Good Guys!

First Opening Day I won't be at since 2003. Sad day. At least I can get out of work at 3:00 and catch most of the game.

84-78 prediction. Who knows if that gets us anything (probably not). But who cares it's Opening Day!

Viva Medias B's
04-01-2013, 08:05 AM
¡Feliz Día Inaugural!

ChiSoxGirl
04-01-2013, 09:47 AM
Happy Opening Day!!! We're planning on getting to the neighborhood a few hours before first pitch, enjoying some good food and great friends over at Rocky's pregame, then walking back to the ballpark to take in the sights and sounds of the pregame pomp & circumstance before Sale delivers the first pitch later today. Welcome back, White Sox baseball! Oh, how I've missed you! ♥

Rocky Soprano
04-01-2013, 10:09 AM
Nothing beats Opening Day!
Today will be my 12th opener in a row.

Here's to a new season and a good season on the South Side.
:gulp:

SoxSpeed22
04-01-2013, 10:16 AM
Hooray! Here's to a good season. :gulp:

QueerGirrl
04-01-2013, 10:38 AM
Let's do this! Go Sox and happy Opening Day everybody!! :gulp:

:gosox:

EnglishChiSox
04-01-2013, 10:47 AM
Had a huge Hotdog for my tea to get me in the mood, Sawx-Yanks are on the beeb at 6pm before listening to the game at 9pm (I believe is the start my side.) Let's Play Ball!

RedHeadPaleHoser
04-01-2013, 11:05 AM
I love Opening Day. Too bad I can't do the game in person, but radio is ready at my desk.

I am cautiously optimistic but maybe it's because I've budgeted 15 games this year to attend. Let's Go White Sox. :gulp:

Chez
04-01-2013, 11:46 AM
Happy New Year! Here's to unreasonable, unfounded optimism! Why not?! :gulp:

EnglishChiSox
04-01-2013, 12:39 PM
Here is a good sign-My Local pub has started selling Churros! I didn't even know what they were until yesterday.

SI1020
04-01-2013, 12:56 PM
Happy Opening Day everybody. Not that I'm good at it to begin with, but I really am having a hard time prediciting what this year's Sox team will do. They look like about a .500 team to me, but like I said my track record is so so at best.

Sox83Kid
04-01-2013, 01:07 PM
Since all the "experts" are predicting another less-than stellar season on the Southside, we'll probably still be in this thing going into September. I'm just hoping for solid pitching and defense from this young squad. I think it is going to be a fun ride this season! :bandance:

kufram
04-01-2013, 01:19 PM
Had a huge Hotdog for my tea to get me in the mood, Sawx-Yanks are on the beeb at 6pm before listening to the game at 9pm (I believe is the start my side.) Let's Play Ball!


Sox-Yanks on the Beeb?? At 6:00? How'd I miss that? More info please.

EnglishChiSox
04-01-2013, 01:26 PM
Sox-Yanks on the Beeb?? At 6:00? How'd I miss that? More info please.

On radio only unfortunately. Five Live Sports Extra.

October26
04-01-2013, 02:02 PM
Wondering if there will be anyone in the gamethread today? :redneck

ChiSoxGal85
04-01-2013, 02:03 PM
Wondering if there will be anyone in the gamethread today? :redneck
I'm planning on it! :D:

Brian26
04-01-2013, 02:18 PM
It is beautiful here.

Brian26
04-01-2013, 02:36 PM
Frank w/ Melton and Garfein.

RKMeibalane
04-01-2013, 02:38 PM
Frank w/ Melton and Garfein.

:hurt

"No doubt about it."

Brian26
04-01-2013, 02:49 PM
Seven dollar hot chocolate worth every cent today.

Brian26
04-01-2013, 03:09 PM
Montage is different this year. Ponce familly was great.

Martinigirl
04-01-2013, 03:12 PM
Thank god for Sling Box. I am watching Opening Day from warm and sunny (during the day) Athens. Now let's get some runs in a hurry because I can't stay up too long...

ChicagoG19
04-01-2013, 07:04 PM
I was at the game today and noticed they removed the retired number pictures from the left field fence. What's up with that?

roylestillman
04-01-2013, 07:24 PM
Montage is different this year. Ponce familly was great.

I'm wondering if the montage was retired or just replaced by that dramatically read intro piece.

Viva Medias B's
04-01-2013, 07:33 PM
Who did the voice over for the montage? It sounded like the late Ossie Davis, but I wasn't sure.

Red Barchetta
04-01-2013, 07:35 PM
I was at the game today and noticed they removed the retired number pictures from the left field fence. What's up with that?

Yep, they moved the retired numbers to the Stadium Club facade underneath the windows. I guess they are going to use the outfield walls for more advertising revenues.

Viva Medias B's
04-01-2013, 07:39 PM
With the little amount of time between our game and the Blackhawks game, did Gene Honda hand the latter innings to Pat Schultz and head for the United Center?

thomas35forever
04-01-2013, 09:06 PM
With the little amount of time between our game and the Blackhawks game, did Gene Honda hand the latter innings to Pat Schultz and head for the United Center?
Nope. At least I don't think so. Glad he stuck around.