White Sox pitcher Chris Sale had plenty to say in a recent interview with RedEye.
On Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder moving to the American League:
"I think we all saw what happened with me and Pujols early on this year [in Spring Training]. [Laughs.] Pujols connected on a mammoth home run. He's already got one up in orbit on me, so … . But yeah, I love facing those guys, honestly. Those are the guys who really show you who you are and where you stand."
On what he would do if a hitter charged him on the mound:
"Honestly, you can say what you want to do, what you might do, but until you're in that situation that's something that—you kind of gotta wing it. That's something you don't really practice for. … Getting in a fight on a baseball field I would have to imagine would be really far down on the totem pole for things you really worry about and practice on."
On which former player he'd most like to face:
"I would have to say Barry Bonds. Every time he swung the bat it was a home run, it felt like. Facing a hitter like that—talk about a guy that would make you really have to bear down and bring your 'A' game. It's the old quote, 'To be the best you've gotta beat the best,' and I woulda loved to have been able to face him when he was doing what he was doing."
On hitting during interleague play:
"It would be awesome. I think hitting is fun. I'm a pitcher; I can say that. Obviously I don't think I'm gonna hit any out of the ballpark or hit .300 or anything, but it'll be fun. If there's a guy on base, getting the bunt down. If the pitcher's all over the place, seeing a couple of pitches and getting the pitch count up. Most of the time people look at the pitcher as a free out, and I don't want to be looked at as that."
On which teams have the funniest fans:
"I would say Boston and New York, those guys are all over ya. Another city that I was pretty surprised about was Seattle. Being in the bullpen, you're so close to the fans there. You hear some good ones, and it is kinda funny sometimes. There are times when they might get under your skin or something like that, but honestly you try to just zone 'em out and really focus on what you're doing."