Starter Sale and Q in Tonight’s All-Star Spotlight
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Honor Goes to Sale
The Sox’ Chris Sale, with his impressive 14-3 record, has earned the honor of being chosen as the American League’s starting pitcher for tonight’s 87th All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego. The Giants’ Johnny Cueto gets the nod for the National League as the two leagues vie for home-field advantage in the World Series. Watch the game on FOX, beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT.
This is Sale’s fifth All-Star selection. He came on in relief in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 contests and has a 1-0 record with a 2.25 ERA in four innings pitched. He was chosen for the A.L. team last year, but didn’t see action.
When he takes the mound tonight, Sale will become the fifth White Sox hurler to start in the midsummer classic. He follows in the footsteps of Billy Pierce, who did it three times in 1953, 1955 and 1956, Early Wynn (1959), Esteban Loaiza (2003) and Mark Buehrle (2005).
Chris is pictured above at yesterday’s press conference announcing his starting role and shown participating in the three previous All-Star Games in which he appeared: The ’12 game in Kansas City (tipping his cap during player introductions); the ’13 contest at Citi Field in New York when he was the winning pitcher (in the visiting gray uniform); and the ’14 game in Minnesota (in cap with black logo and white background).
Sale Quotes of the Day
* On being named the A.L. starter: “What an honor. I can’t put it into words. I just want to go out there with some energy and get the game started on the right foot.”
* On stopping chewing tobacco the day Mr. Padre Tony Gwynn passed away: “He was a huge inspiration and I owe him a huge thank you.”
* On teammate Quintana being named an All-Star: “I can’t think of a more deserving person than Jose Quintana. Preparation, intensity, work ethic … couldn’t be happier for him.”
* On the greatest lesson he’s learned: “One word, compete. You’re going to be humbled in this game. Just keep your head up, keep competing and more times than not you’ll be able to sleep better at night knowing you gave your best.”
Watch Chris at yesterday’s presser and during his appearance with his young son on the MLB Network:
Quintana Scheduled to Pitch Fifth Inning
In addition to naming Sale as the A.L. starter, Yost indicated that he plans to pitch Chris’ Sox lefty teammate Jose Quintana in the fifth inning.
Jose on his All-Star selection: “I feel like I’m in a dream. I’m so happy to be here.”
A tribute to Q:
All-Star Starting Lineups
American League: Jose Altuve 2B (Astros), Mike Trout CF (Angels), Manny Machado 3B (Orioles), David Ortiz DH (Red Sox), Xander Bogaerts SS (Red Sox), Eric Hosmer 1B (Royals), Mookie Betts RF (Red Sox), Salvador Perez C (Royals), Jackie Bradley Jr. LF (Red Sox), Sale P (White Sox).
National League: Ben Zobrist 2B, Cubs, Bryce Harper RF (Nationals), Kris Bryant 3B (Cubs), Wil Myers DH (Padres), Buster Posey C (Giants), Anthony Rizzo 1B (Cubs), Marcell Ozuna CF (Marlins), Carlos Gonzalez LF (Rockies), Addison Russell SS (Cubs), Cueto P (Giants).
Runner-up Frazier Just Misses Derby Repeat
Todd Frazier, who loves competing in the Home Run Derby, was the runner-up in 2014 and earned the title a year ago. Last night, he came close to going back-to-back but came in second once again. He simply couldn’t quite match the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton who dazzled the crowd and the national TV audience with his prodigious clouts and defeated the Sox third baseman 20-13 in the final round.
Frazier reached the finals by besting Gonzalez and Adam Duvall of the Reds. Take a look:
And read more about the former Little League World Series champion turned big-league slugger.
Photos of the Day
The previous Sox All-Star starters: Lefties Pierce and Buehrle and right-handers Wynn and Loaiza.