Asking a player to “talk about” something isn’t a question. It’s lazy. You’re essentially asking the player to do the work for you.
During a Thursday press conference prior to the start of the Yankees-Red Sox ALDS on Friday, a reporter asked Sale to “talk about” his success against the Yankees (though it’s worth noting that he *did* phrase his “talk about” in the form of a question).
Sale didn’t bite, and shut the reporter down perfectly.
Reporter: "Chris, can you talk about your success against the Yankees this year?"
Chris Sale: "No." pic.twitter.com/AjCxnNq2k9
— SNY (@SNYtv) October 4, 2018
“No”. And that’s that.
For the record, Sale *has* had plenty of success against the Yankees this season, allowing one run in 13 innings over two starts, punching out 19 Yankees hitters and walking just one. Last year, his first season with the Red Sox, Sale started five games against New York and went 0-3, despite pitching to a 2.65 ERA over 34 innings with 50 strikeouts and seven walks.