Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale isn’t having a great week after video of him destroying a flat screen TV and other clubhouse equipment went viral. The recovering player came out and spoke about his recent tantrum, providing some additional context to what really happened.
VIDEO: #RedSox pitcher Chris Sale upset after giving up a bases loaded walk & being taken out after 3 & 2/3 innings in a rehab start for the @WooSox (📸: @bri4homes) @NBC10Boston @NECN pic.twitter.com/1j1ga5kJaT
— Alysha Palumbo NBC10 Boston (@AlyshaNBCBoston) July 7, 2022
Sale, a seven-time MLB All-Star pitcher, was frustrated due to his ongoing rehabilitation for stress fractures on his ribs that he has been healing from since February, which led to a poor performance at that night’s game. The Worcester Red Sox ultimately lost 4-2 to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRaiders, and Sale wasn’t able to process the loss very well.
A day after Sale was seen online trashing TVs and smashing other expensive equipment in the clubhouse, he admitted to the ridiculous behavior and issued a formal apology.
“I acted like an idiot last night and I’ve acted like an idiot before,” said Sale on Thursday morning. Sale’s apology however took a turn towards trying to justify his actions to diminish the embarrassment for him and the Sox.
“It’s who I am. It’s what makes me a big leaguer,” Sale said. “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.”
Then, to double down, he went after the person who filmed the whole thing, trying to say that his behavior was justified given the circumstances and environment.
“That’s their problem for videoing it,” Sale continued, “If you want me to act like a normal person, treat me like a normal person. This isn’t a normal atmosphere. If I was at Bank of America, that wouldn’t fly.”
Sale has offered to fully reimburse the team for all damages.
What do you think of Sale’s behavior? Should he face any other penalties for his tantrum?