Chris Sale “acted like an idiot,” accused the camera when he was caught breaking a minor league tunnel

Chris Sale wants you to know that he knows he “acted like an idiot.”

He also wants you to know that the camera is to blame for making headlines on Thursday.

The Boston Red Sox pitcher hasn’t thrown a major league game since 2021. But he’s almost ready to return from a long-term stint on the disabled list with a variety of injuries, including a broken rib. Part of the process included a rehab start Wednesday with the Triple-A Worcester Red Sox. It didn’t go as planned.

Sale was pulled after a bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning. He responded by doing this:

This is Sale taking out his frustrations on what was hanging on the walls of the WooSox tunnel. While one piece of wall decoration took the full brunt of his wrath, reduced to rubble on the tunnel floor, another struggled. When he failed to pull the second artwork on the wall, Sale kicked it three times before exiting the tunnel.

BOSTON, MA – JUNE 14: Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox addresses the media before a game against the Oakland Athletics on June 14, 2022 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

On Thursday, Sale admitted that he was indeed the man responsible for the remains — and that he, too, had asked for a TV during his rampage.

“It happens, doesn’t it? I wouldn’t be here without that… I expect a lot from myself. I expect to be who I am. If that doesn’t work, sometimes emotions get the best of us. Worcester I got a new TV.”

When pressed to respond to people reacting to the video, Sale blamed — without naming names — the person who filmed it. In this case, it was NBC 10 Boston’s Alicia Palumbo. He also explained that his job playing baseball is stressful—unlike someone who, for example, works for a global financial institution.

“It’s their problem to film it,” Saleh continued. “If you want me to act like a normal person, you have to treat me like a normal person. This is not like a normal atmosphere. If I was at Bank of America, it wouldn’t fly, would it? I’m not at Bank of America. It’s a sport. This is leverage. It’s pressure.”

Sale went on to admit that he “acted like an idiot.” He then quickly returned to blaming the camera for his woes on Thursday.

“When I was young, I made mistakes,” Saleh continued. “I’m not going to run from it. I acted like an idiot last night. I’ve acted like an idiot before.

“I do it in the dugout. Over the years I’ve been told “hey take it to the tunnel”. You think you are in a safe space. You think you are alone. This is a place where you shouldn’t really have cameras. There’s no public access to it, so I thought I was kind of a safer spot.”

Also, his anger makes him good at baseball.

“It is what it is,” Sale continued. “This is who I am. That makes me a great player. It makes me good at my job. It may not be the best for the public eye. But what is it? Who is perfect. Name it. I would love to shake his hand. …

“You’re just acting like an idiot, to be honest. It’s just a seven year old temper tantrum. It’s not something I’m proud of. It’s not something I want to do. Like I said, things happen, man. You have to get it out.”

In case you missed it, things really happen when Sale is around. During spring training with the Chicago White Sox in 2016, Sale went on a foul tirade directed at general manager Kenny Williams after Williams barred the teenage son of a teammate from the clubhouse.

That same season, he shortened his promotional uniforms and those of some teammates because he didn’t want to wear his on the mound. He was scratched from his scheduled start that day and eventually traded in the offseason.

When he’s at his best, Sale is one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. At 33 years old after three injury-riddled seasons, Sale is no longer at his best. At one point, the bad side of his temper outweighed the positive on the mound. Fortunately for Sale, he has two-plus years remaining on the five-year, $145 million extension he signed in 2019.

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