There will be some games before the games start counting at the end of the month.
It's no Cactus League, but White Sox general manager Rick Hahn did say Friday, the first day of the team's MLB-branded "Summer Camp" at Guaranteed Rate Field, that the South Siders will play three exhibition games before the regular season begins.
Logically, the Cubs make a ton of sense as the opponent for those games, as both squads can minimize travel — one of Major League Baseball's goals while playing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — by playing their Crosstown rivals.
Hahn said that the White Sox exhibition schedule won't be announced until after the league announces the regular-season schedule, which could come next week.
"We're going to wind up playing three exhibition games before the start of the season, as I believe most clubs are going to," Hahn said. "At this point, we're not prepared to announce the specifics of those plans. Those are going to come out after the regular-season schedule is finalized and announced.
"So hopefully in the next week or so, we'll be able to announce our exhibition-game plan, at least the specifics of it. But at this time, we're planning on three."
The White Sox and Cubs will square off six times during the regular season, with the Crosstown rivalry accounting for 10 percent of each team's schedule. Games that typically provide citywide fun and a chance for fans to earn bragging rights this time could weigh heavily on both teams' chances at reaching the postseason at the end of the abbreviated regular-season schedule.
But if six games and 10 percent of the schedule still isn't enough Crosstown action for you, you might get even more when the teams announce those exhibition games.