CHICAGO — White Sox ace Chris Sale strolled through the Wrigley Field visiting clubhouse door at 4:42 p.m., Thursday, took a left turn, and was abruptly stopped when teammate Melky Cabrera leaped up from the floor and hugged him.
“My man! My man!” Cabrera said.
Sale tried to take another step, and Cabrera grabbed him again.
“I love you! I love you!”
Then, it was White Sox catcher Dionner Navarro’s turn to hug him. Reliever Matt Albers walked over and shook his hand. Pitching coach Don Cooper greeted him warmly.
Sale is returning from a five-game suspension for ripping up his teammates’ throwback uniforms last weekend.
“There was a lot of crap that was going on this past week, no doubt about it,” said Sale, the losing pitcher in the White Sox’s 3-1 loss to the Cubs. “But for them to do what they did today, and the previous four or five days before that, it says a lot about who they are and how much they care about me.
“It’s hard to put into words, really. When you feel like you’re out on an island, and feel lonely, and just sitting out on the couch at 7 o’clock and…