When the New York Yankees go head-to-head with the Red Sox in the second half this season, they’ll probably be reckoning with fiery ace Chris Sale, an issue the Toronto Blue Jays cannot legally face at home.
These days, “Fiery” apparently means “out-of-control furious in a problematic way” when it comes to Sale, who began his Wednesday evening one start away from an MLB return and ended it covered in powder and paste from a ceiling hole.
Coming off a rib injury and several rehab setbacks, Sale has thrown four short outings at the minor-league level, totaling 11.1 innings with a sterling 19 Ks and a head-scratching 1.50 WHIP and six walks.
Five of those walks came on Wednesday at home in Worcester against … the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, otherwise known as the Yankees who reside one level below.
Sale walked top prospect Oswald Peraza (!) early on, and his day only got worse from there. His outing wrapped with a bases-loaded walk, and his evening wrapped when he went absolutely ballistic and destroyed property.
Yankees’ Triple-A team causes Chris Sale meltdown (video)
The worst part? Red Sox fans are still going to act like Sale throwing a temper tantrum is cool and shows his competitive fire, even as he racks up damage in the clubhouse at a brand-new minor-league stadium to satisfy the glorification of his massive ego. Minor-league teams: famously wealthy! Can absolutely replace televisions and ceilings at a moment’s notice.
Waiting for the apology check, CHRISTOPHER.
Clearly, Sale was trying to light a flame under himself — or he had absolutely no idea what he was doing, flying into one of his trademark blind rages. Either way, it came off like a pathetic bit of play acting with $2,000 of mess attached.
Let’s take a look at the beautiful final ball four that sent Sale packing.
Hey, the man may be completely off the rails, but you’re paying for the talent. Talent that holds a career 6.35 ERA in 34.0 postseason innings.
Sale’s completely irredeemable and has been for years, an unlaced boil of a person and a dyed-in-the-wool argument against the Red Sox being unequivocal “good guys.” Hopefully, this toddler-style tantrum tests the limits of their fandom. Of course, those teflon clowns will absolutely deflect and “whattabout” you if you ask them about Sale sobbing after allowing a single earned run, so don’t even bother.
Looking forward to the eventual half-assed, “Sorry the wall felt that way” apology, followed by one loud growl that knocks a different TV off the wall in response to a vaccination question.