Chris Sale ‘acted like an idiot’ blames camera when caught trashing minor league tunnel

Chris Sale wants you to know he knows he “acted like an idiot”.

He also wants you to know it’s the camera’s fault he made headlines on Thursday.

The Boston Red Sox pitcher hasn’t thrown a major league pitch since 2021. But he’s almost ready to return from a long-term stint on the injured list with various injuries, including a fractured rib. Part of the process included a Wednesday rehab start with Triple-A Worcester Red Sox. It didn’t go as planned.

The sale was withdrawn after a full-scoring walk in the fourth inning. He responded by doing this:

It’s Sale venting his frustrations over whatever was hanging on the walls of the WooSox tunnel. While one piece of wall decoration bore the brunt of his wrath, reduced to wreckage on the tunnel floor, another fought. When he was unable to knock down said second piece of wall art, Sale delivered three powerful kicks to him before exiting the tunnel.

BOSTON, MA – JUNE 14: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox speaks to the media before a game against the Oakland Athletics on June 14, 2022 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

On Thursday, Sale acknowledged that he was, indeed, the man responsible for the wreckage – and also claimed a TV during his rampage.

“It happens, doesn’t it? I wouldn’t be here without it. … I expect a lot from myself. I expect to be who I am. If that doesn’t work, sometimes emotions take over. on it. Worcester I got a new TV out of it.”

When pressed to respond to people reacting to the video, Sale blamed – without naming names – the person who shot it. In this case, it was Alysha Palumbo of NBC 10 Boston. He also went on to explain that his job as a baseball player is under pressure – unlike someone who, say, works for a global financial institution.

“It’s their problem to film it,” Sale continued. “If you want me to act like a normal person, you have to treat me like a normal person. It’s not like a normal atmosphere. If I was at Bank of America, it wouldn’t work, would it? We’re not at Bank of America. It’s sports. It’s leverage. It’s pressure.”

Sale then admitted that he “acted like an idiot”. He then quickly returned to blaming the camera for his Thursday woes.

“When I was young, I made mistakes,” Sale continued. “I’m not going to help myself. I acted like an idiot last night. I acted like an idiot before.

“I do it in the dugout. I’ve been told over the years, ‘hey, take it down the tunnel.’ You think you’re in a safe space. You think you’re in private. It’s a place where you’re not really supposed to have cameras. There’s no public access to that, so I thought I was in some kind of safer place.”

Also, his anger makes him good at baseball.

“It is what it is,” Sale continued. “It is who I am. That’s what makes me a great leaguer. That’s what makes me good at my job. It may not be better for the public eye. But what is? Who is perfect. Name it. I would like to shake his hand. …

“You’re just acting like an idiot, honestly. It’s just a seven-year tantrum. It’s not something I’m proud of. It’s not something I want to do. Like I I said, things happen, man. You gotta get it out.”

In case you missed it, stuff actually happens when Sale is around. During 2016 spring training with the Chicago White Sox, Sale reportedly delivered a profane tirade aimed at general manager Kenny Williams after Williams banned a teammate’s teenage son from the clubhouse.

That same season, he cut off his promotional uniforms and those of some teammates because he didn’t want to wear his on the mound. He was scratched from his scheduled departure that day and was eventually traded in the offseason.

When he’s at his best, Sale is one of baseball’s most dominant pitchers. At 33 after three years of injury-plagued seasons, Sale is no longer at his best. At one point, the disadvantage of his temper outweighs his advantage on the mound. Luckily for Sale, he has more than two years left on the five-year, $145 million extension he signed in 2019.

Laura J. Boyer