White Sox change game time for home opener Monday

Weather forecast prompts change from 3:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. start.

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Fans tailgate before the White Sox’ home opener last season.

Fans tailgate prior to last year’s Opening Day game between the White Sox and the Seattle Mariners at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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HOUSTON — Manager Pedro Grifol’s request of White Sox fans was to wait to see the team before making judgments.

They’ll have to wait one hour less than they thought they would after the starting time for the Sox’ home opener Monday against the Giants was moved up an hour to 2:10 p.m. because of a forecast of inclement weather in the late afternoon and evening.

Shortstop Tim Anderson agreed with Grifol: Come and see what we’re about first.

‘‘We’re not promising anything,’’ Anderson said before hitting a 415-foot RBI double in the eighth inning of the Sox’ 6-3 victory Sunday against the Astros. ‘‘It’s just, enjoy it. Enjoy baseball. The game is unique. You never know what can happen. We’re going to take it pitch by pitch, inning by inning, day by day and have fun with it.’’

Parking lots will open three hours before the first pitch, and gates will open to fans at 12:30 p.m. Pregame festivities and introductions will begin at 1:30 p.m.

‘‘It’s been since last season the fans [have] seen us,’’ Anderson said. ‘‘It’s a new season. It’s fun and it’s exciting. And it’s going to be enjoyable playing in Chicago.’’

Anderson knows fans were disappointed in 2022. The players were, too.

‘‘For sure,’’ he said. ‘‘But our story is not going to be about last year. It’s going to be something new.’’

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