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Carroll’s phone blows up after Sale’s prank
MINNEAPOLIS — Right-hander Scott Carroll’s phone was abuzz while the team waited for its charter to take off for Minneapolis Wednesday after Chris Sale, in one postgame showcase, both pranked Carroll and publicized the rookie’s co-owned DoodleHats.com web site.
Sale wore one of the cheesy-looking caps — manufactured for the erasable purpose of doodling a message, ad, statement or whatever above the bill — while being interviewed after the Sox’ win over the Giants at U.S. Cellular Field.
Carroll, 29, who has distributed caps around the clubhouse to teammates, at first was appreciative of the plug. And then he realized Sale had scribbled Carroll’s personal phone number with “call me” beneath it.
“You’ll see,’’ Sale said when asked about the number. “Just give it a call.”
Carroll said he received “hundreds” of calls and that his phone didn’t stop ringing till 3 a.m. Thursday. He said he received more than 50 voicemails along the lines of “Chris Sale told me to call this number, call me back.” Some left messages like “call me” and many callers just hung up.
“I’m still debating if whether or not I have to change my number,’’ Carroll said Thursday.
The hats, in various colors, sell for $19.95, and if Sale’s prank/plug drums up a little business, Carroll might find it hard to retaliate.
“Revenge is a dish best served cold,’’ Carroll said. “We’ll see. He always has the upper hand on me. I’m the rookie. I’m just making sure I don’t step on any toes. It’s all in good fun.’’
The Sox have played hard on the field, but in the clubhouse they know how to relax. A three-foot tall toy chimp wearing a Sox shirt and shades named “Phil” hangs near Adam Dunn’s locker. John Danks, who ordered it for Dunn from an airline magazine, calls it the team’s “26th man.” Several players, including Dunn, Sale and Tyler Flowers, operate remote control cars in the clubhouse and U.S. Cellular Field before and after games. The cars travel upwards of 60 mph.
Sale, under pressure from Dunn to look smart during his postgame interviews, introduces a new word to his vocabulary after every start. On Wednesday he broke out “repudiate.”