GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The enjoyment over Florida Gulf Coast University's huge NCAA Tournament upset of Georgetown on Friday lasted about five minutes for Chris Sale and his wife, Brianne. Then the phone rang for the White Sox Opening Day starter.
"It's Addison Reed," said the lefty with a laugh. "Here we go."
Sale's alma mater will be taking on San Diego State, Reed's alma mater, on Sunday, with a Sweet 16 berth on the line. All trash talking aside, Sale once again expressed pride in what the FGCU men's basketball program has been able to accomplish.
"My wife and I have been walking around last night and today and we are just happy," Sale said. "When I was there, our baseball coach said, 'We might not be the best team on paper, but we're going to work harder than everybody else and we're going to want it more.' In sports, that's all it takes. They showed their fight, and it was awesome. It was fun to watch."
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