POLLING PLACE

Chicago Sun-Times - - CUBS BEAT - with steve greenberg sgreen­berg@sun­times.com @slgreen­berg

One imag­ines not all White Sox back­ers are quite as pas­sion­ate about the team’s cadre of high-pro­file new­com­ers as Twit­ter user @show­time­samm, who writes in terms of ‘‘love’’ (rookie cen­ter fielder Luis Robert) and ‘‘lust’’ (the Sox’ free-agent ad­di­tions) when siz­ing up what the whole lot of them can bring to the team equa­tion in 2020.

‘‘The Sox fan’s heart beats for one man, Luis Robert,’’ this ir­re­press­ibly zeal­ous in­di­vid­ual com­mented for ‘‘Polling Place,’’ your weekly home for Sun-Times sports polls on the so­cial plat­form. ‘‘We’ve seen enough to make us foam at the mouth. The oth­ers were merely lured here, with [catcher Yas­mani] Gran­dal tak­ing the big deal [that] cre­ated the de­sired domino ef­fect.’’

There was more, too. About love and lust, but we men­tioned that al­ready.

The Sox added more tal­ent dur­ing the off­sea­son than per­haps any team in base­ball. Head­ing into what once was ex­pected to be a typ­i­cal sea­son, it was enor­mously ex­cit­ing. Head­ing into a 60-game slate with the heavy back­drop of a pan­demic, it’s still pretty dang ex­cit­ing.

But Robert, the No. 3-ranked prospect in the game by MLB Pipe­line, wasn’t the top vote-get­ter when we asked which new­comer Sox fans were bank­ing on most. It wasn’t for­mer Cy Young Award win­ner Dal­las Keuchel, ei­ther, though @MatManz pre­dicted the lefty would have a ‘‘Mark Buehrle-es­que’’ ef­fect on a young pitch­ing staff.

It also wasn’t 37-year-old Ed­win En­car­na­cion, who has a way of slug­ging 30-plus home runs and driv­ing in 100-plus runs just be­cause he got out of bed in the morn­ing.

‘‘Polling Place’’ threw a ques­tion about Cubs pitch­ing — on the day man­ager David Ross named his Open­ing Day starter — and one about Bears quar­ter­back Mitch Trubisky out there, too.

On to the polls:

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