Chris Sale has apologized after he was given a five-game suspension stemming from a dispute over the Chicago White Sox's throwback uniforms Saturday, saying winning was at the center of his actions.
"I have regret, because I play 33 times a year at most in the regular season. So I put a lot of emphasis on when I play and I take a lot of pride in work that I do," Sale said. "When I can't or don't do that, yeah, I have disappointment in myself for not being there for my guys."
Sale said he was sorry to fans who came to see him pitch and to his teammates, especially the White Sox bullpen.
"Do I regret standing up for what I believe in? Absolutely not. Do I regret saying business should not be first before winning? Absolutely not," Sale said.
He wasn't completely positive, putting the spotlight on Robin Ventura to defend the team.
"Robin is the one who has to fight for us in that department," Sale said. "If the players don't feel comfortable 100 percent about what we are doing to win the game, and we have an easy fix -- it was as easy as hanging up another jersey and everyone was fine. For them to put business first over winning, that's when I lost it."
According to multiple reports, Sale expressed displeasure over having to wear the White Sox's 1976 navy-blue collared throwbacks, and the matter escalated from there, culminating in a confrontation with a member of Chicago's front office. The team then decided to send Sale home from U.S. Cellular Field.
Sale reportedly cut up the 1976 throwbacks during batting practice so they couldn't be worn. Fox Sports reported that Sale disliked the uniforms because he thought they were uncomfortable.