Chris Sale doesn’t appear to regret his “temper tantrum” on Wednesday — during which the Red Sox pitcher trashed the Triple-A Worcester clubhouse — but he opened his wallet to make up for it anyway.
Sale dropped over $6,000 on lunch and dinner for the Worcester Red Sox players, coaches and staff, according to WBZ-TV.
Sale also reportedly signed items for the Worcester Red Sox’s WooSox Foundation, the team’s philanthropic organization that focuses on “education, social justice, conquering cancer and recreation.”
Sale’s meltdown in the tunnel was captured on camera after the pitcher struggled in his latest rehab start with the Triple-A Worcester Red Sox in Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. In 3 2/3 innings, Sale gave up five walks, three hits and one unearned run while striking out five. He was ultimately pulled after a bases loaded walk.
Sale described his actions as a “seven-year-old temper tantrum” to reporters on Thursday.
“I’m not going to shy away from it. I acted like an idiot last night and I’ve acted like an idiot before,” Sale said Thursday ahead of the Red Sox’ 6-5 loss to the Yankees. “I’d do it in the dugout. [But] I’ve been told through the years, ‘hey, take it to the tunnel.’ So you think you’re in a safe space and you think that you’re in private. That’s a place that you’re not supposed to really have cameras. There’s no public access to that.
“So I thought I was in kind of a safer spot, but is what it is, man. It’s who I am. It’s what makes me a big leaguer. It’s what makes me good at my job. It might not be the best for the public eye, but what is? Who’s perfect? Name him. I’d love to shake his hand.”
Sale’s has not yet pitched in the majors this season due to a rib injury he sustained in March. Before that, the 33-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2020.
The southpaw is expected to make his season debut for Boston on Tuesday against the Rays in Tampa.
Sale signed a five-year, $145 million contract extension with the Red Sox in March 2019.