In an attempt at spicing up what has become another incredibly disappointing season on the South Side, the Chicago White Sox have trotted out in more alternate uniforms than the Oregon Ducks this season.
Saturday, however, on what was supposed to be an ode to the disco era with their “leisure suit” style uniform, finally pushed ace pitcher, and possible trade target for most contending MLB teams, Chris Sale over the edge.
According to ESPN and multiple reports, Sale expressed displeasure over having to wear the White Sox’s 1976 navy, collared throwbacks, and the matter escalated from there, leading to a confrontation with a member of Chicago’s front office. The team then decided to send Sale home from U.S. Cellular Field.
In fairness to the ace left-hander, those uniforms are worse than the Maryland Football “state flag” alternates, which I didn’t think was humanly possible. Sale, sporting the best ERA of any left-handed starter in the American League, is one of the hottest names in the trade market, with the White Sox said to be asking a king’s ransom for their starting pitcher. This won’t do anything to help the Sox steal a team’s farm system in the next week, though.
Hopefully Sale’s resistance to aesthetically grotesque uniforms does not spread to college football players. Just in case it does, the equipment managers for Notre Dame’s “shamrock series” need be prepared..
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