Former White Sox pitcher Chris Sale made plenty of headlines in 2016. Most were good, as the ace went 17-10 with a 3.34 ERA.
But when he reportedly tore through the White Sox clubhouse with a pair of scissors, cutting up and ruining the 1976 throwback jerseys the team was supposed to wear during his scheduled start, it became a national story.
But there was more to the story, which former White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton shared on Monday during his time on CSN's White Sox Talk podcast.
"I think there was quite an audience," Eaton told Chuck Garfien. "And it was comical. I love Chris to death, and the beauty of Chris is that anything Chris does, he does full-bore. May it be working hard at baseball, may it be a bullpen, may it be a game.
"He had a feeling and he had a belief that in order for him to win the ballgame that day, he had to have a certain uniform on. And the team didn't agree with him, and that's what happened.
Eaton, who was traded to the Nationals in exchange for three pitching prospects last week, said he wasn't going to take sides when the incident happened, and wouldn't know. But he did confirm the reports that just about every jersey was destroyed. Expect, of course, for his.
"I think I may have the only one that didn't get cut up. I secretly yanked mine down when he wasn't looking, and as of right now I think - besides the coaches; the coaches are one thing - but I want to know for sure that I'm the only player that didn't get his cut up."
Eaton said the jersey is authenticated and he currently has it in a box in his basement. He's hoping that, even though the Nats and Red Sox don't play each other, he can make his way to Boston to get the jersey signed by Sale as another addition to his man cave.
Hear what else Eaton had to say about his own trade, the White Sox rebuild, and much more on the White Sox Talk podcast right here.