CHICAGO -- The temperature is expected to be near freezing at first pitch on Monday but White Sox pitcher Chris Sale believes it won’t be a bother.
Sale, who will make his first Opening Day start when the White Sox host the Kansas City Royals at 3:10 p.m., expects his emotions will help him forget about the 37-degree weather. Although he’s a Florida resident and spent the last six weeks in Arizona, Sale said he has more to worry about than the cool weather. Three of Sale’s eight losses last season came in starts against the Royals.
“You get a little adrenaline going and kind of get caught up in the moment of what you are doing and you are not really focusing on the wind or how cold it is,” Sale said. “You just gotta get your mind right and pitch like it’s any other day. It might be a little bit colder, but I probably won’t notice that too much.”
White Sox manager Robin Ventura made a point Sunday: His team isn’t the only one that has to deal with the cold. The Royals also spent the last six weeks in Phoenix and they too take the field at 3:10 p.m.
With 16 home games in April, Ventura hopes his players rally around what could be a decided home-field advantage.
“That’s part of playing here,” Ventura said. “I think guys know that and they expect that. The other team has to play in it too. It’s one of those that hopefully we take advantage of that and it becomes a good thing for us to play in that kind of weather.”