The 2011 season is upon us, and although every fan on Opening Day has a delusional feeling about his or her team, only one will come out on top.
Expectations are high on the south side of Chicago, but "All In," the White Sox 2011 slogan, could also be called "A Lot to Lose."
There is a lot of talent and a lot of money put into this White Sox squad. There is absolutely no hint of "Ozzie Ball" or "Small Ball" on it, which is why it has a very good chance to win the American League Central.
For a squad that looked to be starting a rebuilding process, with third or fourth place in the division being its highest hopes, to then suddenly bring back Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski and sign Adam Dunn and Jesse Crain in free agency in a matter of a couple weeks is simply astonishing, especially for a team that usually doesn't bank on the free-agent market.
I'm not sure people realize how close the White Sox were to having Carlos Quentin and Alex Rios as their No. 3 and 4 hitters, which is not bad, but certainly not capable of winning a division.
The White Sox certainly aren't perfect. There's a new guy at third base, Konerko is old and just got paid, Dunn is in the American League, Jake Peavy's absence leaves a revolving door possibility at the fifth starter role, there's a new closer and, as always, there's Ozzie.
Let's look at the worst-case scenario for the White Sox.
And please, don't call me a "hater" simply because I'm pointing out things you've put in the back of your minds, praying they'll just go away.
Pessimism is the secret to never being disappointed.