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A closer look at Chris Sale

The Red Sox acquired on Dec. 6 for four minor-leaguers.AP

New Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale will bring a lot of passion to Fenway Park, something that hopefully came through in this feature story earlier this month.

Whenever you work on those stories, there are always comments and other bits of information that don’t make the cut.

So why waste it? Here are a few tidbits from Sale you might find interesting.

What kind of music he likes: “It’s a melting pot and usually depends on what I’m doing. If I’m outside swimming in the pool I’ll listen to 90s music. Hootie & The Blowfish, Matchbox 20, stuff like that. If I’m working out, I’ll listen to hip-hop. If I’m driving down the road, probably country music. “I’m a sucker for holiday music. I love it. We have the “Jingle Bell Rock” Pandora station on all the time. Christmas music is great.”

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On playing with Manny Ramirez for a month in 2010: “I was young. I was seen and not heard back then. I didn’t know Manny very well but I will say he was very prepared. He’s got one hell of a routine. I liked him, he was funny.”

On his friendship with David Ortiz: “It started seeing him at All-Star Games or on the field before games. He’s one of the nicest people in the game, very welcoming. He’s genuinely nice and not hard at all to have a relationship with. You have to respect his attitude and how he carries himself. I’m sorry I missed playing with him in Boston. That would have been awesome. He had a ridiculous career and always has been a fun guy to watch.”

What’s important to him outside of baseball: “Family and friends. Taking care of people who are important to us and maintaining those relationships is a huge thing. My wife and I try and do some [charity] things in southwest Florida and we did in Chicago. Being part of the community is important.”

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On dealing with expectations: “Things will go wrong from time to time. For me, it’s a game and I try and do the same things to get ready and I work hard at doing everything I can to win. I have four days to get ready and I take that seriously. There are ups and downs in the season and if you get caught up in that, it makes for a long season. I try and stay even keeled. [Former White Sox manager] Robin Ventura had a great mindset about playing the game and I learned a lot from him.”

On adjusting his pitching style: “You have to be smarter sometimes and learn what you can do and what you can’t. The harder you try sometimes; it doesn’t lead to success. I’ve learned that you can’t just throw as hard as you can to get out of a tight spot.”

On social media: “Not me, man. I don’t do any of it. You won’t see me doing that. I stay off Twitter. If there is something I need to know, somebody will tell me.”

Playing in the WBC: “I’ve left that door open, but I doubt it. But I’ve always been very intrigued by it. It might be tough with a new team and a [new] baby on the way.”


Peter Abraham can be reached at peter.abraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe.

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