Baseball will be back at some point.
And when it returns, Tim Anderson wants the South Side to be ready.
“Stay prepared,” the White Sox shortstop said during a Friday conference call. “When the time comes we’re going to need the same energy. And I know they’re going to be hungry to cheer us on. We’re going to be hungry to play. We need both energies to match when we step between the lines.
“I know they’re excited, we’re excited too. It’s going to be great when we do start back up, the fans are going to be really excited and the energy is going to be crazy. I can’t wait to see what happens.”
Fans across the country are waiting for their favorite teams to return to action as Major League Baseball joins the rest of the world in pausing in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. White Sox fans are perhaps a bit more impatient than others as they continue to wait for the start of the most anticipated season of South Side baseball in years. This was supposed to be the White Sox emergence from years of losing, a vault from rebuilding mode into contending mode.
Instead, the moment requires even more patience from a fan base that’s already been waiting more than a decade to see their team return to the postseason.
The players are sitting through the same wait. As excited as fans are to see the White Sox turn a corner and play winning baseball, the team is just as excited, if not more. Manager Rick Renteria was talking playoff expectations as early as the end of the 89-loss 2019 campaign. Positive momentum and big expectations were the talk of spring training.
And now Anderson and his teammates, just like South Side fans, have to wait to do what they were so excited to begin.
Not that this delay to the start of the 2020 season has changed those expectations one bit.
“I think we stay positive,” Anderson said. “I think it's just more time to prepare, more time to think about it. And when it's time to get back rolling, that way we're ahead of people already and we know exactly what we need to do.
“It's going to happen regardless. Whatever's going to happen is going to happen anyway.”