Boston Red Sox new-ace Chris Sale, who was acquired this offseason via a blockbuster trade with the Chicago White Sox, is feeling motivated about his future in Boston.
Sale has never made the playoffs, but if that wasn’t enough motivation for Sale then the banners hanging around the complex.
“You just walk here and you look at that, and you see all the banners. We’ve got a lot of banners here,” Sale said.
“I’d like to add to that. You can just feel what this team is about coming in with just the intensity from not only the players, but the staff holding a very high standard, and I’m looking forward to getting into the process.”
“I always watch the postseason,” said Sale. “Unfortunately, I’ve always had the opportunity to watch it. I always watch it just to see what it’s like, to see how those guys handle themselves, see what the game is like, and just dreaming about getting there. That’s all I ever wanted to do, and when I tell you that, I’m being completely honest.
“That’s the whole reason we’re here, to win. They wouldn’t keep score if winning wasn’t important. I’m here to win. I know I’ve said that 157 times, but that’s why I’m here.”
Sale knows that with any blockbuster trade, there comes a mountain of expectations, especially with a storied franchise like the Red Sox.
“There’s expectations with anything, not only being traded, but I expect a lot of myself,” said Sale. “I have very high expectations for myself. I demand a lot from myself. I don’t think it’ll be anything different. I’ll be harder on myself than [the media] will. I’m not worried about that.”
Sale knows is intensity can sometimes guide him into making mistakes but he is confident in his abilities and shouldering the load of a true ace.
“Nobody’s perfect, you’re going to make mistakes,” said Sale. “All I really want to say on that is you live and you learn. I have two sons now. A 6-year-old and a 2-month-old, and I tell them, ‘You’re going to make mistakes, but if you learn from your mistakes, that’s the key.’ Everybody here has made a mistake. If you learn from it, you become a better person. If you keep making the same mistakes, you’re kind of spinning your tires.”
“The only thing I’m going to really say on that is I’m a completely different person when I’m here and when I’m in between the painted lines. I can say that for sure,” said Sale. “There’s definitely a switch that goes on. The things on the field, I don’t do in my everyday life.
“That’s a fiercely intense competitor,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “You’re around him here, and he’s very genuine guy. But he brings an edge with him in between the lines that will fit in very well here.”
Sale is excited about the talent around him and the team that Boston will field this upcoming season.
“When you have guys of that caliber, it raises the intensity,” said Sale. “You see someone else going the extra mile, you’re going to follow, and vice versa, if you’re going the extra mile, people around you are more willing to go there, too. So far, so good.”
“It’s everything; that’s why we sign up to play this game,” said Sale. “That’s why we show up for Spring Training. You don’t want to start a year knowing when your last game is going to be. The preparation the hard work, the aches, the pains, the sweat, all of that goes into getting to ultimate goal and that’s getting to the postseason and winning a world championship. Anything that you can do to get there needs to be done. No questions asked.”
While Boston Red Sox fans are excited to see Sale in action this season, it’s hard to imagine anyone being more hyped for the season than Sale himself.