During the final throw of last night’s World Series championship game, all eyes were on Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale, who (literally) brought Manny Machado to his knees to clinch the 5-1 win over the L.A. Dodgers. But in the stands, there was a different Sale stealing the spotlight: Chris’s dad, Allen, who was caught, well, shirtless on Instagram, whooping and waving his tee over his head. (All while completely sober, according to the caption on Instagram claiming he was “without an ounce of alcohol.”)
We can’t fault him for his enthusiasm, either. Because while last night may have marked Boston’s fourth World Series title in the last 15 years, it was Sale’s first. And it hasn’t been an easy road to the top for the 29-year-old left-hander, who struggled through seven seasons of never even making it to the postseason with the White Sox before being traded. But Sale more than made up those years with last night’s 9th inning strikeout, ending with the sneaky slider against Machado.
I assume based off the caption this is Chris Sale’s dad and I would not expect anything less! pic.twitter.com/3vFezIgTNG
— Joey (@JoeyWright10) October 28, 2018
Cheering on his son is nothing new for Mr. Sale, who has been the pitcher’s number one fan since, well day one. “Even in Little League, he would stay for four innings and show up late to a meeting for work so he didn’t miss the whole thing,” Sale shared about his dad in an interview a few years ago.
From elementary school bleachers to Dodger Stadium, the duo has come a long way. And if Sale’s pitching and Mr. Sale’s celebratory dance last night is any indication, they’re not slowing down anytime soon.