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: