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Why Chris Sale won't wear long sleeves despite cold weather for Game 1 of ALCS

Ryan Hannable
October 13, 2018 - 6:20 pm

Despite temperatures being in the high 40s for Saturday night's Game 1 of the ALCS at Fenway Park, Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale won't be wearing long sleeves.

In fact, he's never worn sleeves no matter what the temperature has been.

"I think we got the right guy on the mound tonight," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "He really doesn't care about, like -- he'll go out there without sleeves because he promised somebody in Chicago that he will never wear sleeves, which I don't understand.

"So, yeah, it's uncomfortable. It's very uncomfortable. But like I told you guys in February, you know, it's amazing how baseball players complain of cold weather in April and May and when October comes, for some reason it really doesn't matter. I think the fact that you're four games away from going to a World Series blocks that out, and people really just concentrate on what they have to and they overcome the cold weather."

Although temperatures are expected to be a little warmer Sunday night, Game 2 starter David Price said he's confident he won't have any issues because of the cold.

"Just try and stay warm before," Price said. "The game make sure you've got a good lather going. Don't get too much because whenever you step outside it can probably work the opposite direction. But just get loose and get warm inside and just carry that on to the field."

Sale will be opposed by Justin Verlander in Game 1, while Price will go up against Gerrit Cole in Game 2.

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