before the season that:
- Carlos Quentin would be a MVP candidate?
- Alexei Ramirez would be a ROY candidate?
- Jerry Owens would not play for the Sox?
- Ken Griffey Jr. would play for the Sox?
- DJ Carrasco would be the most valuable call-up from the minors?
- Clayton Richard would be the first starting pitcher called up?
- Neither Jermaine Dye nor Jim Thome would go on the Disabled List?
- Toby Hall would play well enough for the Sox to exercise his 2009 option?
- The White Sox would be in first place on August 16?