Supposedly… SUDDENLY, Chris Sale replaced the TV he destroyed and treated WooSox players and staff to a $6,000 dinner. Big, if that’s true.
Either way, that in no way justifies his despicable behavior after Wednesday started rehab, when he destroyed a television and potentially a wall/ceiling/other surrounding objects simply because he couldn’t deal with allowing an earned run on three hits and five walks in 3.2. innings against the Triple-A team of the New York Yankees.
Someone recorded him doing it, the video went viral on social media, everyone had an opinion, podcasts talked about it, and then Sale and the Sox had to deal with the consequences.
Managing Director Chaim Bloom responded first, but we’ll get to that in a minute. How about Sale’s admission of guilt followed by a bunch of other nonsense trying to defend himself, once again, from having lost his mind during a REHAB START.
First, Sale pretty much blamed it being a “thing” because someone filmed it. Shame on them for pulling out their phones when the Boston Red Sox’s best pitcher is in town!
Also, Chris, we hate to tell you this, but yeah, if a Bank of America employee lost his mind over a customer and started throwing rolls of coins against the wall, someone checking them in wouldn’t be at fault. Same for you, professional athlete. It’s the fault of the person under the microscope every time.
Yankees fans can’t believe Chris Sale’s response to the meltdown
OK, fine, Sale thought he was taking his actions out of public view…but does that make him any more palatable? If you do something inappropriate, you do something inappropriate. Anyone seeing it makes it worse, of course, but it’s still wrong.
And here’s Sale leaning in for a moment before pretending he’d like to meet Mr. Perfect because, of course, that’s the natural progression of that.
No one asked for perfection. No one has even suggested that personal flaws don’t exist! People were just hoping for a bit of a higher level from a professional baseball player and World Series champion in a less prominent setting where the players might be looking to learn from someone of his stature and the fans revel in such an appearance.
Say what you want about “passion” and “responsibility”, but that’s not it. It’s an unbridled anger and emotion that went unchecked for years – as evidenced by his time with the Chicago White Sox when he cut off the team’s alternate jerseys because he didn’t like them. not, then threatened to stage a walkout because some of his wanted teammates Adam LaRoche’s 12-year-old son to stop hanging out in the locker room and travel with the team. You’ve also seen the countless meltdowns with the Red Sox.
And now for Bloom.
Bloom’s comments weren’t necessarily bad. He said the organization didn’t condone this behavior…but like Sale, he then began a rollback for the ages. “I’m sorry but … .” You know how it goes. Here is what he said on Thursday:
“That’s who he is. There’s a lot of guys, including someone we all love heading to Cooperstown later this month, who’s been caught on camera doing stuff like this while frustrated during a game of soccer. It happens, it probably happens more than people realize and with guys you might never suspect.
“So it’s never something that we condone, but there’s a lot of passion in this game and when you have someone who holds himself to as high a standard as Chris and cares as much as he sometimes this passion will express itself in different ways.
Does… this man… just even freely compare Sale’s explosion in a minor league stadium to HALL OF FAMER David Ortiz destroyed a phone in the canoe in 2013? It was still very much out of place, but the stakes were entirely different and Ortiz didn’t have a long history of losing his mind at ordinary events.
As a professional, Sale should know that the cameras are always on him, even when he feels like they’re not. “Passion” is part of the game and sometimes the tension gets a little uncomfortable for everyone due to the natural high stakes, but this wasn’t one of them.
It was Sale throwing a tantrum and shouldn’t be confused with his love of the game. Destroying a TV and making a fool of yourself in front of young aspiring baseball players doesn’t “make you who you are.”