Buehrle and his teammates have spent the offseason basking in the glory of bringing the first World Series championship to the South Side in 88 years, as well as hearing how the Cleveland Indians could be the major obstacle in them defending that title in 2006.
The 26-year-old left-hander has a very different opinion on that being reality.
''You know what?'' Buehrle said. ''They made some moves this offseason and we made some moves. Last year is last year. Everyone comes into spring training and likes their chances. But it's about going out there and putting it all together on the field.
''To be honest with you, I personally don't think Cleveland is going to be as good as they were last year. They got rid of a couple of key guys with [pitcher Kevin] Millwood, and I think [outfielder] Coco Crisp was a huge loss for them. They're not the same team they were last year.''
That first series of the season shouldn't be short on excitement!