White Sox lefty Chris Sale won't start Tuesday's All-Star Game in Kansas City, the decision coming from the White Sox who want to limit Sale's work to one inning--and probably avoid the added publicity work that goes with the starting assignment.
``Darn,'' Sale said with a smile Saturday. ``I mean, it would be something that would be great, but at the same time, I'm not going to sit here and complain about still being a part of the All Star Game but not starting it. It's still an honor to be there.''
The 23-year-old left hander has the second-best ERA in the American League (2.19) and a record of 10-2 in his first season as a starter. He will join Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn at the mid-summer classic.
``It doesn't matter if it's the beginning, the end or somewhere in between,'' he said of his All-Star appearance. ``I'm just excited to be there.'
He admitted the talk of him starting the game had him thinking about the honor.
``It's something that crossed my mind and I thought about a little bit. But at the end of the day, it's just about being a part of the whole process and just having the opportunity to pitch in an All Star Game is enough for me, to be honest.''
Sale will be among the youngest players, and he admitted there will be an element of awe playing beside the game's best.
``You look at the names that are in that clubhouse and I'm going to feel out of place, for sure. Just going in and seeing some of those guys and seeing what they have done and the careers they have put together.
``Not only that, the professionalism that comes with those guys. It will be awing, but I'll try to handle it as best I can and have fun.''
Sale said he's looking forward to watching the Home Run Derby in person.
``That's always been one of my favorite things to watch. I do it every year. It's fun watching guys hitting balls for miles--and not looking back [from the mound.] I can look forward and think `man, that was cool.' ''
No All Star Start For Sale
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