Sale glad he wasn't overlooked for Aflac game

All American Game : : Story
Jim Ecker        
Published: Thursday, July 30, 2009

Josh Sale was delighted with the news that he's an Aflac All-American this year. Delighted, and surprised. He's an outstanding player and deserving of the honor, but Josh thought he might get overlooked because he's from Seattle.

"There's definitely a lot better players, as a whole group, from Florida, Georgia and the southern states," he said. "And even here on the West Coast, California puts out a huge number of players."

He said there aren't as many "top-quality" players in Seattle, compared to other parts of the country. He's very glad the selectors found him in the Pacific Northwest and is excited about playing in the Aflac All-American High School Classic at PETCO Park in San Diego on Aug. 16.

He wants to thank all the people who picked him.

"It's a great honor to make it," he said. "I was a little surprised, and it was a great feeling to finally get the news that I made it."

Sale is a 6-foot, 203-pound outfielder from Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle. He said his last name is pronounced "Sull-ee," by the way, and he's committed to playing college baseball at Gonzaga, pending the 2010 draft.

One of the scouting reports on Sale says he "attacks pitches as if he's angry at them," and that approach led to a .460 batting average with 13 homers and 49 RBIs this season.

His father, Jesse Sale, a native Samoan, was a competitive drug-free power lifter who came to the United States when he was 7 years old, and Mr. Sale has written workout schedules for his son to follow. In fact, father and son work together with younger kids in the Washington Brewers baseball program, with Mr. Sale writing the offseason workouts and Josh showing the kids the proper way to perform them.

Josh's full name is Joshua Ezkiel Gasu Sale, and his nickname is Zeke. The Gasu part of his name is pronounced Nasu and is a tribute to his great-grandfather's name from the Samoan Islands.

Josh said he's looking forward to the trip to San Diego for the Aflac game. "Just overall excitement and anticipating being down there," he said. "I hope to have a good time in getting together with the rest of my teammates."
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