Chris Sale May Have Just Became My Favorite Player

Chris Sale was quoted saying something that really impressed me.  It impressed me so much, he may have just became my favorite player

Chris Sale recorded his 200th strikeout of the season last night in a win over the Angels. By doing this, he joins only a few pitchers to ever reach 200 strikeouts in 20 starts or less. You’ll be impressed with the list that he is now on.

When you think of Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, and Pedro Martinez, you think legends, right?  Well, Chris Sale joined those guys as the only pitchers ever to reach 200 strikeouts in 20 starts or less.  I mean those guys are all in the Hall of Fame.  It is very impressive for Sale to be in the conversation among those guys.

After last night’s win, Sale was interviewed and said a couple of things that I absolutely loved.

When being told that he joined the list of those Hall-of-Famers, Sale said, “I’m not the biggest fan of looking into stuff like that. Those things are for the offseason or to one day tell my grandkids or something like that. But we’ve still got a lot of work to do, so I don’t want to get caught up with stuff like that.”

I love that response.  He didn’t brag or act like he was better than everyone else.  He was very humble and said that he had room to improve.

Sale was asked last night if he thought this season was his best and replied, “I’m not here to talk about that kind of crap, man. We’ve got a long way to go. A long way to go and a lot of work to do. Looking forward to the rest of the season and just working hard.” 

That response by Sale is great.  He is the type of player I love.  He puts the team above himself and just wants to win.  Those type of players are hard to find.

Sale is having a great year and I a praying that he keeps it up, but like what he said, the Red Sox have a long way to go.  They just need to go out there and play like they are capable of playing.  If they do that, I like this team’s chances in the playoffs.