He did it after conceding a bases loaded walk in his latest minor league rehab start on Wednesday at Triple-A Worcester.
Sale walked five hitters in just 3.2 innings of work, and was probably not happy about his spotty control.
The fact that the outing was likely his last before returning to the major leagues next week is probably concerning, and he was under a lot of pressure to perform.
Still, there shouldn’t be any excuses for that kind of behavior.
The player himself talked about the incident with the press on Thursday, and he didn’t sound very apologetic.
“Chris Sale: ‘I acted like an idiot last night and I’ve acted like an idiot before. It’s who I am. It’s what makes me a big leaguer. It’s what makes me good at my job. It might not be the best for the public eye but what is? Who’s perfect. Name him. I’d like to shake his hand,'” MassLive.com’s Chris Cotillo tweeted, quoting Sale.
Chris Sale: “I acted like an idiot last night and I’ve acted like an idiot before.
“It’s who I am. It’s what makes me a big leaguer. It’s what makes me good at my job. It might not be the best for the public eye but what is? Who’s perfect. Name him. I’d like to shake his hand.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) July 7, 2022
Competitiveness Isn’t The Same As Anger
It’s cool that he is a competitive player, and that’s what separates the good from the great, but anger issues should not be celebrated.
It’s one thing to be extremely competitive, and a completely different one to throw things around and destroy a clubhouse that doesn’t even belong to him just because things didn’t go the way he wanted.
He should get some help to turn that fire into something good, or healthy.
He’s right, nobody is perfect, but we will all be better people when we finally own up to our mistakes.