Chris Sale Doubles Down & Blames His Dramatics On Robin Ventura
Across the course of the last few days, Chris Sale has become the official “unhinged crazy person” of the MLB. Since taking to the undesirable White Sox throwback jerseys with a pair of scissors to express his own unique version of hypocritical outrage at the organization’s focus on “business over winning,” Sale has vigorously defended his right to wear clothes that will help him pitch better. He’s on a real one-man mission to save baseball from itself.
He’s failing of course; because he’s going about it like a pissed off middle schooler who’s protesting his parent’s divorce. But it’s a mission nonetheless.
Needless to say, the explanation he gave for his behavior this past Saturday, which earned him a five game suspension, was less than self-aware. Here are the comments he gave to MLB.com when asked whether or not he regrets his decision to rage against the machine by throwing an adult tantrum in his own clubhouse:
“I have regret, because I play 33 times a year at most in the regular season. So I put a lot of emphasis on when I play and I take a lot of pride in work that I do. When I can’t or don’t do that, yeah, I have disappointment in myself for not being there for my guys.
“Do I regret standing up for what I believe in? Absolutely not. Do I regret saying business should not be first before winning? Absolutely not.”
Cool, cool, cool. So what you’re saying is that you have regret but really you definitely no regrets whatsoever, Chris. Don’t try to spin it any other way. It’s just ironic because for someone who believes in the value winning – above all else – you sure did take yourself out of the game and screw your team over.
Do you not see the conundrum there, fella?
Unfortunately, it gets worse. Sale went on to blame the entire ordeal on his manager, Robin Ventura.
“Robin is the one who has to fight for us in that department. If the players don’t feel comfortable 100 percent about what we are doing to win the game, and we have an easy fix — it was as easy as hanging up another jersey and everyone was fine. For them to put business first over winning, that’s when I lost it.”
Why is it “standing up for what you believe in” when you cut up everyone’s jerseys and get yourself suspended from the game, but it’s putting “business first over winning” when Ventura doesn’t put his own job on the line over the style of a jersey? Ventura didn’t wake up that morning and personally stitch together the ugliest, most uncomfortable shirt he could imagine and then force Sale into it.
He was told by his bosses that the jerseys, as part of the business of the White Sox, were a necessity. And he chose not to engage in a battle of wills over that particular issue. Sometimes managers make that decision to the detriment of the players. In this case, Ventura really has nothing to answer for. Yeah, asking his players to comply with the jersey shenanigans is giving into the corporate culture of the modern MLB.
But then again, so is raking in a $12-15 million dollars in guaranteed money a year over the next two seasons. Just saying.
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