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Nice call: Fan told Grandal he'd land with Sox

@mattkellyMLB
November 22, 2019

South Siders went into celebration mode Thursday when the White Sox announced that they had signed free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal. But did the signing rank as a surprise? Well, not for at least one Sox fan. After Thursday’s announcement, Twitter user Greg Hoffman (@ghoff12) shared a video of an interaction

South Siders went into celebration mode Thursday when the White Sox announced that they had signed free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal. But did the signing rank as a surprise? Well, not for at least one Sox fan.

After Thursday’s announcement, Twitter user Greg Hoffman (@ghoff12) shared a video of an interaction he had with Grandal at Wrigley Field over the summer. Hoffman tells the then-Brewers backstop that he would be going to the White Sox ballpark in 2020, based on rumors at the time.

“They’re going to pay you a lot of money next year,” Hoffman told Grandal.

“Hopefully,” the star catcher replied.

One four-year, $73 million contract later, the White Sox did indeed pay Grandal that money. And Hoffman played Nostradamus for a day.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.