Following his team's benches-clearing brawl with the Kansas City Royals Thursday, White Sox pitcher Chris Sale tried to gain access to the Royals clubhouse while the game was still going on, according to ESPN.com.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed that Sale, who was one of five players ejected from the game and also Chicago's starting pitcher Thursday, banged on the visitor's clubhouse door in the eighth inning,
"I just found out about [Sale approaching the Royals clubhouse]," Ventura said, according to ESPN.com. "You've got to have a conversation, and you move on from there. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed and nothing happened."
Royals outfielder Alex Rios reportedly played a role in calming down Sale. The two were teammates in Chicago as recently as the 2013 season.
Sale would not comment directly on his attempts to reach the clubhouse.
Benches cleared Thursday night when Yordano Ventura fielded a ground ball from Adam Eaton in the bottom of the seventh inning and appeared to mouth a profanity at Eaton as he jogged down the first-base line.
White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija, as well as Royals players Lorenzo Cain, Edinson Volquez and Ventura were ejected along with Sale, whose role in the fight was unclear. Video footage of the scrum showed Sale repeatedly being held back from Royals personnel.
- Will Green