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Chris Sale cites kindergarten teacher when explaining why he's content with contract

Rob Bradford
August 16, 2017 - 2:38 pm

Chris Sale is perhaps the biggest bargain in baseball right now, and that's evidently all right with him.

Appearing on OMF during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, Sale made it clear that just because he is dramatically outperforming his current contract, that doesn't mean he holds a grudge.

"No, I don't talk about money," said Sale when asked if being paid his current rate frustrates him considering the Cy Young-caliber season he's putting together. "That's not my deal.

"I knew what I was getting myself into when I did it. At the end of the day, I’m living out my dream and getting paid to do it. I’m 5 years old, I’m in Ms. Springer’s kindergarten class at Carlton Palmore Elementary in Lakeland, Florida, and ‘what do you want to do when you get older?’ I want to be a Major League Baseball Player. Twenty-three years later, how can I complain about anything?"

What was Ms. Springer's response?

"I don't remember," he said. "It was probably right after nap time."

Sale signed a five-year, $32.5 million extension with the White Sox in March, 2013. It's a deal which pays the lefty $12 million this season and technically runs out after 2017, but also holds team options for the next two years at $12.5 million and $13.5 million, respectively. (The 2019 option does bump up to $16 million if he wins a Cy Young Award.)

The first-year Red Sox is 14-4 with a 2.51 ERA and .191 batting average against. His 241 strikeouts is the most of any pitcher in baseball.


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