Seven-time All-Star starting pitcher Chris Sale went viral for the wrong reasons on Wednesday night after he went absolutely berserk in the home tunnel following a disappointing minor-league rehab start with the Triple-A Worcester Red Sox.

A day later, Sale admitted that he threw “a 7-year-old temper tantrum” and “acted like an idiot,” but said that he didn’t necessarily regret his actions, saying “it’s who I am.”

“I acted like an idiot last night and I’ve acted like an idiot before,” the Boston Red Sox pitcher said on Thursday, according to Boston beat writer Chris Cotillo. “It’s who I am. It’s what makes me a big leaguer. It’s what makes me good at my job. It might not be the best for the public eye but what is? Who’s perfect. Name him. I’d like to shake his hand.”

Sale did not express a lot of remorse for the situation, even though it was caught on camera.

“That’s their problem for videoing it,” Sale said. “If you want me to act like a normal person, treat me like a normal person. This isn’t a normal atmosphere. If I was at Bank of America, that wouldn’t fly.”

To Sale’s credit, he has pledged to replace the $1,100 flat-screen television he kicked and ripped from the wall, according to Worcester reporter Joe McDonald, even though it was already broken more than two weeks ago. McDonald also reports that Sale spent $6,000 on food for Worcester players and staff, buying them both lunch and dinner.

“At least Worcester got a new TV out of it,” Sale said of his antics.

[Chris Cotillo]