Hahn shares details on Chris Sale cutting up jerseys originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
In a sport with as rich of a history as baseball, each team has its own particular lore. For the White Sox, it’s moments like Ron Kittle and Carlton Fisk launching roof shots at the Old Comiskey Park in the same game, DeWayne Wise’s impeccable catch to preserve Mark Buehrle’s perfect game, or A.J. Pierzynski making the savvy move to run to first on a controversial dropped third strike in the 2005 ALCS. More recently we also have the story of Chris Sale using a pair of scissors to destroy an alternate jersey he was supposed to wear for a start, because he didn’t like the way it felt.
On Shane Riordan’s “Bourbon and a Buddy” podcast, White Sox GM Rick Hahn shared his memories of that now infamous day, while sharing some extra details, too.
“I was at my older son’s little league game, and one of the coaches hadn’t shown up that afternoon, or was busy, so they asked me if I would coach first base,” Hahn said on the podcast. “So I’m enjoying the sunshine. I’m fairly sure it was a Saturday. We had a night game, and in the middle of coaching first base I get a text from Robin (Ventura), saying, ‘We have a problem. Sale doesn’t want to wear his jersey.’ I texted back and I’m like一 I didn’t even know it was a special jersey day一 I’m like, ‘I don’t understand.’ He goes, ‘He doesn’t like the special jerseys. He doesn’t want to wear it.’ I said, ‘Alright, talk him through why we’re doing it, and figure it out.’”
That’s where the misunderstandings were just beginning for Hahn, however.
“Then he responded with, ‘No, he cut up the jersey.’ And I responded, again, I texted him back saying, ‘Well, get him another jersey then. They’ve got backups, get him another jersey.’ So then, Robin sent me another text that said, ‘No, you don’t understand. He cut up all the jerseys.’”
Suffice it to say, that was the end…