If Joe Mauer and Jim Thome wanted to, they could probably set themselves up as co-benevolent dictators of The Kingdom of the Lakes and no one would bat an eye. It’d be all “what sort of cured meats would you like brought to you today, your highnesses?” Then Thome would be all like “Oh, sit down. I already have some burgers on the grill for everyone. And don’t worry! I brought the pop!” Because I’d bet my life that Thome says “pop” instead of “soda.”
OK, I lost my train of thought. Just watch the video. Jim Thome, by the way, thinks everything is “great.” Man, I just want to hug him.
No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.
Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.
Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.