How good is Sale? Just ask Shin-Soo Choo

January, 22, 2011
1/22/11
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had the classic story of the day on Saturday when a fan at SoxFest inquired about left-hander Chris Sale.

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Andrew Weber/US PresswireChris Sale gives the Sox another lefty out of the bullpen.
Guillen said the team was facing Cleveland last season when Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo approached him and asked, “Why do you always have to bring in Matt Thornton when I come to the plate in the late innings?”

Choo has struck out 10 times in 19 at-bats against Thornton, but to be fair, he does have six hits, good for a .316 batting average against the lefty.

That night, Guillen said he decided to bring in Chris Sale to face Choo. Both times Sale faced Choo last season he struck him out.

Afterward, Guillen somehow managed to run into Choo again.

According to Guillen, a further demoralized Choo said, “Why didn’t you bring in Thornton?”

Asked general manager Kenny Williams when the story was done: “Was this conversation in Spanish, English or Korean?”

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
12 1.99 192 163
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .323
HRJ. Abreu 35
RBIJ. Abreu 102
RA. Ramirez 77
OPSJ. Abreu .986
ERAC. Sale 1.99
SOC. Sale 192