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.)
A 24-year-old kid who says he plays in an Indy League asked Sale how he throws his slider. He just spent five minutes showing him pic.twitter.com/IUuVuhriBp
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) April 29, 2017
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.