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Boston Red Sox Ace Chris Sale Explains Viral Photo Of Him Showing Kid How To Throw A Slider

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Boston Red Sox Ace Chris Sale Explains Viral Photo Of Him Showing Kid How To Throw A Slider

Many of you have likely seen Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale pitch so far this season, and he has been absolutely phenomenal. One kid who was attending a Red Sox game the other night saw the lefty warming up and decided to ask Sale how he pitched his slider. Sale being the guy he is obliged the fan and a photo of the encounter went viral on twitter.

On Monday Sale was asked by Reporters to explain what happened and the conversation he had was interesting, to say the least.

“He says he throws from three-quarter slot, sidearm type. He just asked how I threw my slider,” Sale said. “I was out there throwing, doing our daily stuff. He just asked me and I’m like, ‘I have nothing else to do.”

The player’s identity was uncovered by TheAthletic.com, and his name is Patrick McKenna, who is headed to New Mexico to play Independent League baseball. (For an in-depth look at the interaction from the student’s perspective, click here.)

Many Red Sox fans were wondering what exactly Sale told/taught the young player and Sale filled in reporters of the details.

“For me, personally, when I lower my arm angle, my slider is the hardest pitch to figure out,” said Sale, who noted that the soon-to-be Indy Ball player pitched from a similar angle as the Sox lefty. “You want your hand to stay on top of the baseball. A lot of times when you’re young and you don’t repeat your mechanics very well, that tends to happen.

“It’s basically a curveball just from a sidearm. I threw a curveball in high school. I started throwing a slider in college. My curveball is terrible. I think when I lowered my slot I called it a different pitch and it just clicked for me mentally. If you believe the sky is orange, keep telling yourself that and it makes you better, keep rolling with it.”

So far this season Sale has thrown 163 sliders compared to 158 fastballs, and it is that stat that has lead to immense success early on this season. Sale is looking good and his velocity and movement has picked up across the board, the reason is one many Boston Red Sox fans might like.

“Pitching here is pretty fun,” he said. “You get amped up when a lot of people are around. Pitching in front of a packed house. I think energy in general has a lot of to do with it. How can you not get excited for that.”

Sale’s next outing comes on Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles in game 2 of that series.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Boston Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez

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Time for a celebration Red Sox fans, the team has reportedly signed a big-time bat.

According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the Boston Red Sox have signed free agent DH/OF J.D. Martinez.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is for five years with a player opt-out option after two seasons. The deal is valued at $110 million with it being a front loaded contract prior to the opt out. Full terms will be revealed later.

Martinez has played for three teams in his career starting off in Houston, moving to Detroit, and then being traded to Arizona this past season. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in major league baseball but was able to figure it all out in 2017 by belting 45 home runs between the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a .303 batting average and 104 RBIs.

Martinez’s role with the Red Sox is unclear at the moment but he can be expected to DH and the corner outfield positions. Having the opt-out in the contract is a huge incentive for Martinez who will likely be playing like it is a contract year given the front-loaded nature of the deal.

Boston has landed their guy, the question is will it be enough for them to contend with the New York Yankees?

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Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

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Red Sox fans everywhere can start to rejoice as the big move the team desperately needed is getting closer to completion.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Boston Red Sox and free agent J.D. Martinez are closing in on a deal.

Other reports have also confirmed that a deal is imminent but that Dave Dombrowski and the team have yet to acknowledge or confirm anything is done or nearing completion. It does appear however that talks between Martinez and the Red Sox are at an all-time high and their seems to be high confidence that both sides will come to terms on a deal in the near future.

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John Henry, Red Sox Owner: ‘We really don’t need to be popular. We need to win.’

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Ever wonder why Boston Red Sox fans or Liverpool fans have shown a hatred towards John Henry? Well if you did look no further than his idiotic and out of touch comments that he made on Monday during his yearly media availability.

Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner were asked if they were concerned about the level of popularity of the current team compared to past years.

Wener, one of the producers of Roseanne went first.

“I don’t quite see it the way some of the fans see it. I respect their point of view but I think we’ve got a fun team and if it’s healthy I think were going to be — we’ll bring the fans back,” Werner said. “Obviously we’re in a market where there’s a lot of excellence. We’ve got four championship teams and they’re all playing extremely well. So hopefully now it’s the beginning of spring training and we can have some focus on the Red Sox.”

Henry provided a follow-up that was a bit odd for an owner that makes money off of people liking his teams.

“We really don’t need to be popular,” he said. “We need to win.”

For a team so image conscious the statement is bizarre. But hey, maybe Henry is checked out and will sell the team.

There are plenty of other things to do in the summer than watch Red Sox baseball, maybe fans should take Henry’s lead and turn off the team if they fail to win.

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