Chris Sale is a Red Sox fan’s dream: the left-handed hurler pitches quickly, takes responsibility for his performance and hates the Yankees. Oh, and he’s also enjoying the best season for a Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1999. In an interview Wednesday with OMF as part of the Jimmy Fund Radiothon, Sale talked about how excited he is to pitch in a pennant race for the first time in his career. On Sunday at Yankee Stadium, he struck out 12 batters in seven sterling innings. “You can feel it,” Sale said when asked about the atmosphere in the Bronx last weekend. “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, 28, has flourished in Boston. A Cy Young favorite, he leads the league in wins (14), ERA (2.51), innings pitched (168.1) and strikeouts (241). Accountability, he says, is one of the keys to succeeding in this market. (Perhaps he could share some of that wisdom with his much-maligned teammate, David Price.) “The biggest thing is accountability. Nobody likes excuses,” Sale explained. “If you suck, you sucked. If you did good, you did good. There’s no reason to make excuses on failure or success. This is a pretty black-and-white game. You either got it, or you didn’t get it done. It doesn’t matter if two guys on the team did good on a losing day. You still lost the game. It doesn’t matter if two guys did really bad on a winning day. You still won the game. I think the more you can focus on the important things, and not so much the little things going on, that’s been my mindset. If we win, I’m good. It doesn’t matter if I give up seven or one. if we win the game, that’s the objective.” Sale’s dominating performances should be enough to ingratiate him with Red Sox Nation. But on top of that, it’s not usual for his starts to take less than three hours. Like many fans, Sale doesn’t enjoy waiting around the ballpark for an interminable game to finish.
Chris Sale rebuffs hate from Yankees fans: 'I don't go to New York to make friends'
WEEI Boston | Aug 17