On Saturday, Chris Sale made his return to the mound at Fenway Park. The ace left-lander comes back to the Red Sox when the team needs him the most. Entering play on Saturday, the Sox were five games behind the Rays for first place.
The ace left-handed would take the mound against the Orioles, almost two years since his last start.
Sale did not disappoint the Fenway Faithful, in his first start back, he was vintage Sale. The tall lefty threw five innings while striking out eight Orioles batters.
— Jamie Gatlin (@JamieGatlin17) August 14, 2021
Sale Day was special for him, his teammates and fans anxiously awaiting for his return. The Sox have struggled the last couple of weeks. The return of Sale should be a huge lift to his teammates psyche.
Sale’s Appreciation of the Moment
Standing O for Sale as he finished 5 solid innings pic.twitter.com/VW6yvxBnlH
— Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) August 14, 2021
Following the fifth inning, the veteran lefty was greeted by his manager Alex Cora and teammates.
“That was everything to me. These guys have had my back since the jump, my family, too,” Sale said of the moment. “I’m very lucky and very fortunate — through all this, I’ve been able to realize that more,” said Sale.
“I’m just so freakin’ appreciative. I can’t think of anything else. My guys sending me text messages, giving me phone calls. … My teammates gave me life. This game was taken from me for two straight years. I realized how much I needed this game and needed my teammates and how they made me feel complete. I had a hole in my chest for two years and it sucked. For those guys to be there, it was a special moment.”
Saturday was a special moment for Chris Sale and the Red Sox. With 43 games left to play this season, Sale will be a huge addition to the club. Boston is clinging on to the last Wild Card spot after sitting atop the American League for the majority of the season.
The Sox will go for the sweep of the Orioles on Sunday. But before the game, Sale, the team and fans are still basking off the glow of his start Saturday. It’s amazing to have Sale back and the Red Sox will need him to be vintage Sale down the stretch.
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