A humble Sale counts his blessings

CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale said Friday that he expects a large dinner tab to appear on his credit card statement in the very near future.

The soon-to-be 24-year old pitcher just had his five-year, $32.5 million contract announced Thursday, with club options that could take the deal in the neighborhood of some $60 million.

Appearing as a guest on ESPN 1000’s "Waddle and Silvy Show," Sale acknowledged that it’s probably time to take a group of White Sox players to dinner.

“If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have any friends in this clubhouse,” Sale said. “That’s kind of what comes with the territory and I have no problem doing that. It’s something that’s fun for everybody. Everybody is happy for me and I am thankful for that. I wouldn’t be here without them so if it just costs me a nice steak dinner I’m more than happy to do that.”

Sale credits much of his success to his teammates, especially those in the starting rotation.

“From where I am sitting, I look at this as one of the best (rotations) and not only on the field but the guys we have, the makeup they come with and the energy we bring,” Sale said. “We feed off each other and we push each other. We’re all each other’s biggest fans. When Gavin (Floyd) is out there, (Jose) Quintana, John (Danks), anybody is out there, we’re pulling for them harder than anybody else.

“That’s the (best) part. It’s a friendly rivalry and we all push each other to reach that next level and I think we reach new heights. We better ourselves and each other working with each other and a little bit against each other.”

Asked what he will reward himself with now that he is a wealthy man, Sale kept it all in the family.

“How about a college fund for my 2½-year-old?” he said. “That’s the greatest part, being able to know that my family will be all right and taken care of. My son and my wife, they’re going to have every opportunity to succeed and do whatever they want. It’s a good feeling knowing that my son will have the opportunity to succeed to do what he wants to do whether it’s this or that. Get him in school and going to college there, is no better feeling.”

There figures to be more college funds to pay for now.

“That’s another thing too, with this blessing I think my wife and I can start expanding with our family,” Sale said. “It’s so incredible and I’m so thankful on so many levels, professionally and off-the-field stuff. I never dreamed of it, I don’t know if I deserve it or if I’m worth it, but I certainly appreciate it more than anything in the world.”