Sale was visibly upset after being asked to walk the Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera intentionally. His displeasure seemed to affect him as he then walked Prince Fielder on four pitches and gave up a two-run single to Victor Martinez.
The White Sox went on to lose Monday’s game by a 7-3 score.
“I was pretty embarrassed with how I reacted to that last night,” Sale said. “I went in there and apologized to him for acting like that. No matter how confident I am in myself for what I think might be right, at the end of the day, it’s (Ventura’s) call, and I have to respect that. I’ll learn from my experiences -- good, bad or indifferent. Learn from it and move forward.”
After intentionally walking Cabrera and unintentionally walking Fielder, Sale appeared to bark into his glove during a mound visit from pitching coach Don Cooper. Sale then walked up the tunnel toward the clubhouse after the half inning was complete.
Ventura addressed the matter tersely after Monday’s game, saying he is the one who makes strategy calls and that Sale needs to have a little more composure.
Ventura was glad Sale approached him and that everybody could put the situation behind them.
“Yeah, I mean I like him being aggressive but again, I’m making decisions kind of, for the White Sox, not necessarily just for him,” Ventura said. “Those are things we need to do as a team to win and that’s what I felt that we had to do.”
Teams spend so much time together that they consider themselves a family so they chalked up Monday’s dust up to a father-son spat that was quickly resolved.
“Yeah it was a pretty candid conversation of what we expect, but I get where he’s at,” Ventura said. “I get the emotions of him being a pitcher and what he means, but he has to understand my job and being in my seat what I have to do.”
Sale was somewhat defensive when talking about his actions after Monday’s game, but he was far different about the situation a day later.
“Emotions are high,” Sale said. “We’re in the middle of a game and want to beat a division rival. You get into the heat of battle sometimes and exchange some words. Like I said before, it’s going to take a whole heck of a lot more than an in-game misunderstanding to throw us off track. We’ve cleared the air and we’re moving forward from it and we’ll brush it under the rug.”