Chris Sale is the best pitcher on the best team in the East of the American League, a title that comes with a lot of praise but also a lot of hate. Especially when you pitch for the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees are your rivals.
Despite being in the same division as the Yankees, Sale had not taken the mound at Yankee Stadium in 2017 til last Sunday. When he limited "The Bombers" to one run on four hits in seven innings of work.
After his first taste of one of the best rivalries in sports, Sale revealed there's no love lost between him and the Yankee faithful.
"You can feel it. People in New York have never been really nice to me, but they hate me now. I heard some pretty interesting things out in the bullpen last time warming up. … I don't go to New York to make friends."
Sale said on the "Ordway, Merloni, and Fauria"
Sale, who is the clear favorite for the AL Cy Young and candidate for the MVP, hasn't been very kind to the Yankees at Fenway Park either. In two starts he only gave up just two runs and struckout 23 batters, Red Sox lost both games due to poor run support.
The left hander is excited about potentially making his first postseason start ever, and had this to say on the matter:
“I can’t wait. That’s the most exciting part about me being with this team. There’s a lot of things that go in with being a part of the Boston Red Sox organization. We play at one of the coolest stadiums in all of sports. It’s very rich in history. The players that have come through here, I mean, you’re talking about retired numbers and Hall of Famers and all these things. It’s all cool, but at the end of the day, we have a realistic shot of going all the way and being the last man standing, and that’s exciting. That’s what I signed up for.”
Here is the full Chris Sale interview: