Chicago White Sox Opening Day: Mark Buehrle To Throw The First Pitch For The Eighth Year In A Row (VIDEO)

As early as 8 a.m. Monday, White Sox fans gathered at U.S. Cellular Field for the South Siders' home opener.

The team will play the Cleveland Indians at 1:05 p.m., with Mark Buehrle throwing the first pitch--breaking the club record for most Opening Day starts.

Today will be Buehrle's eighth early April trip to the mound, one better than White Sox legend Billy Pierce, NBC Chicago reports.

"It's another opening day start," Buehrle told NBC. "I think once you retire and sit back and look at everything you've accomplished and everything you've done, I think it will stand out a little bit more. I'm thankful the guys made the decision to throw me back out there when there's three other guys just as capable as I am to go out there and do it."

"I can't think of a better person to have the eighth opening day start than Mark Buehrle," Billy Pierce told NBC Chicago. "He's a great young fella and a great pitcher."

During a press conference, Sox manager Ozzie Guillen told reporters that he hopes his team is hated this season--really.

"People hate good teams," Guillen said. "Just because they're good. We wanna be good...we wanna be cocky. That's the attitude I want them to have."

Watch the team take questions from reporters: