A new year dawns, and gloom and doom shall spare none! Take heed, Big Onionians, as the following shall come to pass, or so sayeth this fine Review of Sporting Events, Pertinent to the White Stockings Baseball Club and Non-Pertinent to Them Alike:
1. Attendance drops for both teams, by a lower percentage but a larger figure for the Cubs.
2. At least two big-name local sports media figures are out of a job by June.
3. At least three more are unemployed by December.
4. Carlos Quentin has a good season, but one also less impressive than his shortened 2008.
5. The Sox rotation, regardless of what they do about the #4 and #5 slots, will not be very good.
6. The White Sox will not lead the AL in home runs, due largely to continued decline in output from both Jim Thome and Paul Konerko – although six Sox players will still hit over 20 home runs.
7. Despite #5 and #6, the Sox will still contend in an AL Central weak even by the AL Central’s usually weak standards.
8. The Cubs are sold to the Tom Ricketts-led group, but not until after the end of the 2009 season.
9. Alexei Ramirez puts up an MVP-caliber season.
10. At least two of the Sox’ pre-Opening Day additions have abysmal seasons while a third offers tremendous hope for the future.
So what of it? We’ve been wrong before, but does that mean we will again? Actually, yes it does, and that’s why these types of columns are generally useless. But we’ve had our fun looking into the future and now it’s your turn: what do you see going down this year?