Chris Sale gets roasted on social media after epic clubhouse meltdown

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By , Audacy Sports

Red Sox star Chris Sale was a trending topic on social media on Thursday, following his latest clubhouse incident.

The seven-time All-Star was caught on camera demolishing a wall-mounted flat-screen television after a poor showing in a rehab start with Triple-A Worcester on Wednesday night.

Sale, 33, is working toward his 2022 Red Sox debut after suffering a stress fracture in his ribs during a preseason workout. In Wednesday's outing, he couldn't find the strike zone, issuing five walks along while surrendering one run and three hits in 3 2/3 innings.

The veteran left-hander is known to wear his emotions on his (tattered) sleeve. In July 2016, he famously shredded his White Sox teammates' jerseys with a knife after apparently deciding he didn't want to wear the throwback duds.

Sale was subsequently traded to the Red Sox the following offseason. Whether the incident played a role in the White Sox decision to unload him is unclear, but he seems to have kept a relatively cooler head in Boston -- until now.

To be fair, smashing a TV -- or anything else in a dugout or clubhouse -- isn't exactly unheard of for a ballplayer, and it seems relatively tame compared to hacking up uniforms with a knife. Still, one would hope Sale could do a better job of keeping a poor rehab start in perspective, especially given his history.

Red Sox brass, for their part, didn't seem overly concerned about the incident.

“I did see the video. I have not talked to anybody, including Chris, about that, but I did see the video," general manager Chaim Bloom said on WEEI's The Greg Hill Show on Thursday morning. "Look, I’m not going to sit here and condone property damage, but he is a competitor. That’s who he is. There are plenty of guys, including somebody we all love who is going into Cooperstown later this month (David Ortiz) who have been caught on tape doing stuff like that when they’re frustrated during a ballgame. It happens, it probably happens more than people think and with guys that you might never suspect.

“So, it’s never something that we condone, but there’s a lot of passion in this game and when you have someone who holds himself to as high a standard as Chris does and who cares as much as he does, sometimes that passion is going to express itself in different ways.”

But users were a little less understanding on Twitter, where cheeky fans and journalists crushed Sale with countless zingers over the outburst.

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