The White Sox suspended starting pitcher Chris Sale for five days after an incident over the team's jerseys.
Chicago suspended ace Chris Sale, then won 4-3 earlier in the day on a single by Eaton in the ninth after play was suspended the previous night.
Sale was scratched from his scheduled start and sent home after allegedly expressing his displeasure over having to wear the team's 1976 throwback uniforms.
Proving that the DNC wasn't the only organizational shit show this weekend, just before a game against the Detroit Tigers, the club announced (on Twitter, no less) it was suspending Sale for five "for violating team rules, for insubordination and for destroying team equipment", and fining him an undisclosed amount for a "clubhouse incident".
"I was in the park, my kid threw me a ball, a ground ball and I booted it", Konerko said.
Indeed, baseball's nonwaiver trade deadline is now less than a week away, and after consecutive last-place seasons, the back-in-contention Red Sox are all-in again as buyers. "I know my teammates are, too". "Everybody wears a uniform that they don't necessarily like, but you wear it", he said. "We're going to deal with that internally and we'll officially discuss that when he gets back here at some point".
Speaking before Monday night's 5-4 victory over the Cubs, manager Robin Ventura said he doesn't think he needs to meet with Sale before the outing at Wrigley Field.
Manager Robin Ventura said players occasionally wearing uniforms they don't like comes with the job. "It's nothing that can't be smoothed over", Ventura said. "This is not the first (incident)".
Last season, Sale attempted to gain entrance into the Royals locker room following his ejection after a brawl between the teams.
During that 2014 campaign, Konerko appeared in 81 games but also got a taste of what it's like to be a major league coach.
"Our main focus should be winning".
"It's insane", he said. You talk to umpires during games and stuff and it's like you think you've seen it all, baseball-wise. Granted, he's one of the best in the game, so there still exists plenty of chance that a team interested in really boosting their rotation will quietly ignore the recent drama and add him to the payroll anyway. "Sometimes these things happen".
Which is why it's so unusual that they would discipline a player, so important to their chances, with a leave of absence instead of just a whopping fine and a "laugh it off" attitude as idiosyncratic behavior from a typical southpaw.
Sale thought the team's 1976 collared throwback jerseys were "uncomfortable and unorthodox", and he told MLB.com he thought the team was giving "PR and jersey sales" more importance than winning because he thought the jerseys might alter his mechanics.
He didn't confirm that he cut the jerseys as the reports said but he did explain why he was so upset about the decision to wear them. "If you want to rip it after, you can rip it up after". "When I can't or don't do that, yeah, I have disappointment in myself for not being there for my guys".