When Chris Sale was on the Chicago White Sox, he was the best player on the roster. Whenever it was “Sale Day”, it was treated as a holiday at the stadium. He even had his own section in the stands dedicated to him. Unfortunately, not a lot of team success came on days that he wasn’t the starting pitcher. That forced the White Sox to rebuild at the end of the 2016 season when it was yet another season of failure.
Chris Sale headlined the trade market and was eventually sent to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, and two other prospects. The trade worked out well for both sides as Boston won the World Series with Sale as their ace in 2018 and the White Sox now see Kopech and Moncada as two of their best players.
Unfortunately, Sale had to deal with Tommy John surgery in 2020 which caused him to miss all of last year and all of this year to this point. Luckily for baseball fans, Sale will make his season debut tonight at Fenway Park against the Baltimore Orioles.
From 2012 to 2018, Sale was an All-Star every single year. He wasn’t his normal self in 2019 but the Red Sox as a whole were not very good as the defending World Series Champions. The people there are hoping that Sale coming back to a good team nice and healthy will get him back on track. At 32 years old, he should still have a lot of great baseball left in the tank.
Chris Sale was a beast for the Chicago White Sox before he was traded away.
Sale’s time with the White Sox might have different views based on who you are talking to. However, there is no doubt that his greatness is still impacting the organization today. They kickstarted a magnificent rebuild and it was all because of how awesome he was for them.
Moncada makes spectacular plays on defense every single night and has a very good bat as well. There are certain metrics that would suggest that he is actually the best position player on the team right now. He takes some heat from fans sometimes but he is magnificent without being as flashy as some of his teammates.
As for Kopech, he is the most talented pitcher in the organization. He dealt with some injuries himself but he is fully back and looking as good as ever. He might be able to get to Chris Sale’s prime level or even better really soon. His stuff was on full display at the Field of Dreams as he mixed his triple-digit heat with unhittable breaking pitches. He is going to be exciting to watch for a long time.
There is no reason to root for anything other than success for Chris Sale now. He is proof that the White Sox are awesome at identifying pitchers, developing them, and allowing them to become something. Sale went on to be a champion and helped his old team try to become one in a rebuild.
He may even get to make a start later this season in Chicago but we will have to wait and see for sure. Hopefully, Sale does well when he isn’t playing the White Sox and our team turns the trade into a World Series for themselves as well. It is good to see him back and healthy.