Down 4-0 to the Dodgers last night after 6-innings of play, Chris Sale took it upon himself to motivate his team. When it comes to sending a message, there’s nothing like a towering 6-6 tall pitcher yelling at his teammates to convince them they’re sh***ing the bed.
It was an incredible moment. And not just because it was entertaining to watch. But also on account of the way Boston’s hitters responded in such a big way. Sale’s outburst came in the 7th inning with the Red Sox down by four and only having one lousy hit (a Christian Vasquez single) up to that point.
Immediately after Sale’s motivational speech, the Boston offense really turned it on. Beginning with a Mitch Moreland 3-run shot in the top of the 7th to bring the Red Sox within one run. Steve Pearce would follow that up with a solo home run in the top of the 8th to tie the game at four.
After tying the game up, all the pressure that was on Boston had been lifted as they continued to pile on another 5-runs in the 9th inning to take a commanding 9-4 lead. So what exactly did Sale say in the dugout to elicit such an incredible turn around from Boston? It’s hard to determine what he said word for word because he was looking away from the camera for a lot of it. But he does make reference to Dodger pitcher, Rich Hill, only having two pitches (fastball, curveball) and that it’s an embarrassment the Red Sox can’t do better against such a pitcher. He finishes his tirade by telling them to “PICK IT UP! PICK IT UP!”
It’s that kind of leadership that makes the 2018 Red Sox such a special team.