Chris Sale has made it clear he won’t let a leaked video of him lip-synching “Call Me Maybe” slow down his karaoke career.
Early Wednesday morning, long after his Tuesday night start ended, Sale said a 57-second video of him that appeared on TMZ wouldn’t deter him from further performances.
Though a little confused by the timing — the video was taken at Alex Rios’ wedding in the 2012 offseason — Sale promised it wouldn’t bring him down but only fires him up.
The White Sox two-time All-Star pitcher said he tries to do karaoke as often as he can and did as recently as three weeks ago. His go-to song is Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror.”
In the TMZ video, Sale is seen singing and dancing to Carly Rae Jepsen’s 2012 hit, a performance he’s proud of.
Though he hasn’t seen the video, Sale’s teammate Adam Dunn knows from past experience the level of commitment involved in the ace’s performances.
“If it was anything like our karaoke party two years ago, I can imagine it,” Dunn said. “It was probably pretty good.
“It’s karaoke. If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right. It’s not much fun when a guy is up there and actually trying and thinking he’s good. We had a guy like that (Jake Peavy). Everybody’s serious, clapping, ‘Oh, you’re the greatest.’ That’s not fun. You need a clown and we have our own.”
White Sox manager Robin Ventura enjoyed the performance. He believes the White Sox should have a team karaoke competition, though the quality of performances might be questionable. Based on the excess of 1980s and ‘90s power ballads played in the clubhouse beginning in spring training, ranging from Celine Dion to Lionel Ritchie to Wilson Phillips, any competition promises to be interesting.
“I thought (Sale) was great,” Ventura said. “I thought he was really good. That needs to be a competition on our team. He seems like he likes to have fun. That’s what I took away from that.”