We are five days away from the inaugural season for Guaranteed Rate Field as the White Sox look to start strong against Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers at 3:10 in the afternoon. Here are five quick ways to get yourself ready for the 2017 season.

  1. Know your team. You don’t want to be the fan who shows up on Monday asking “Why isn’t Chris Sale starting?” The 25 man roster will be finalized by tomorrow, March 30, and as soon as it is you can look for the full roster on ESPN or the White Sox website. In fact, I am sure chisportsnation will have an article about the final makeup of the team as well. Gone are Chris Sale and Adam Eaton. In are Jacob May, Derek Holland, and Cody Asche. When in doubt, just talk about how much you love Tim Anderson, the new face of the franchise.
  2. Modelo is the new beer of the franchise. It is the second largest beer import in the U.S. and the Sox have booted out Miller in order to make it happen. In addition, many local breweries and craft beers are coming to Guaranteed Rate Field this year so come on down and treat your self if that kind of thing suits your fancy.
  3. Get used to seeing the Cleveland Indians on top of the A.L. Central for 2017 because the A.L. Champs have reloaded for this season. They bring back the same team that pushed the Cubs to Game 7 of the World Series last year, plus they added slugger Edwin Encarnacion and have two starters returning from injuries in Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. The Sox, as well as everyone else in the division, will be looking up at the Indians all year.
  4. Don’t get too comfortable with the current make up of the Sox. Veterans like Quintana, Frazier, Cabrera, and Robertson might be on their way out the door if they start the year strong. Regardless of how well the team looks heading into July Rick Hahn and the front office are in full in rebuild mode and no player is safe. Unless of course, you’re a fan of Tim Anderson or Carlos Rodon in which case go out and buy a jersey now.
  5. Dress warm! The forecast calls for sunny and mid 60s, which sounds great, but anyone who knows Chicago knows Opening Day weather is unreliable (Do you remember the snow last year? Brrr). So bring a jacket and some friends and come watch the White Sox on Opening Day, April 3, 2017.
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