Perhaps no one was looking forward to starting a new era of White Sox baseball more than Rick Renteria.
The skipper has been talking about playoff expectations and turning the South Siders into a winning group since the final weeks of the 2019 season.
Instead, baseball is in a holding pattern with the rest of the sports world as the planet deals with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
On Thursday, Renteria shared a video message with fans who are missing their team on what was supposed to be Opening Day.
"I know today was supposed to be a special day all across the country," the White Sox manager said. "But unfortunately, we're dealing with something a little bigger than our great game. I assure you our players are maintaining and working very hard so that when the season does resume, we will be ready.
"But in the meantime, please take care of yourselves and your families, be safe and go Sox."
Unfortunately, it's still unclear when the 2020 season will begin. The league and the players are reportedly hoping for an early June start, but that remains only a hope amid so much uncertainty in the world.
The commissioner penned a letter on Thursday morning with a message of optimism and resilience, pledging that baseball would be there to help people get through tough times as it has been in the past.
White Sox fans will have to wait a while longer for the most anticipated season in years to begin, but the team's future remains incredibly bright, pointing to winning baseball finally returning to the South Side.