The Chicago White Sox have some serious ties to one of the most memorable strikeouts of the past few seasons in the 2018 World Series.
Chris Sale is one of the most talented pitchers in the history of the Chicago White Sox. During his time there, he was an elite player. His time with the team just never worked out in terms of them winning. They did, however, use Chris Sale to kickstart a successful rebuild. The results have yet to show on the field but they are expected to once baseball finally resumes.
Chris Sale was sent to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, and two other pieces in a ginormous trade. Moncada was the number one prospect in all of baseball and Kopech was one of the highest-rated pitching prospects in the world. If the White Sox ever go on to win the World Series with this group, this trade will be remembered as the start of it all.
Well, Chris went to Boston and won the World Series in 2018. He was the ace of their staff but in the final game, he threw the last strike to bring the championship back to Boston. He struck out some player named Manny Machado for the final out of the game. Honestly, as White Sox fans, that is a really sweet image in hindsight.
Manny Machado led on the White Sox and their fans all winter before surprising everyone to sign with the San Diego Padres in 2018-19. A lot of White Sox fans were salty about it at first but it looks like it was probably a blessing in disguise that it didn’t happen. He makes a lot of money and in all likelihood, won’t live up to his 300 million dollar contract.
The White Sox dodged a bullet there but now we can go back and watch that video of Sale striking him out while smiling. It is a guy who was beloved in Chicago and will forever be remembered fondly striking out someone who chose to go somewhere else. Hopefully, a current White Sox pitcher is able to create a fun memory like that while wearing the black and white.