"I do now," Sale replied.
And the White Sox hierarchy is learning even more about Sale, like how his desire should never be questioned. General manager Ken Williams found that out in early May when Sale fought to return to the rotation, sore elbow or no.
So manager Robin Ventura wasn't about to yank Sale after eight innings Sunday, even though the team is watching his pitch count.
"He knew it was something I really wanted to do, go out and finish the game," Sale said.
Sale gave up two singles in the ninth but got a double play and a strikeout to post the first complete game of his career.
"It was his," Ventura said. "He earned it."
Boy, did he earn it, just like he earned pitcher of the month honors on the heels of teammate Jake Peavy doing so for April. Sale finished May by striking out 15 Rays.
On Sunday he struck out eight Mariners in a 119-pitch, five-hit effort.
"He was great," Ventura said. "He's jumping ahead and making guys swing and miss.
"He just keeps getting better, if there's any way to do that after 15 strikeouts. He's a talented kid with a lot of guts and everything else."
So was Sunday's 119-pitch performance — marred only by a two-run, second-inning homer by ex-Sox catcher Miguel Olivo — better than the 15 strikeouts?
"Any time you go a complete game and give the bullpen arms ... a day off, it's awesome," Sale said. "I had the mindset of being efficient and getting late into the game."
Sale took offense when asked if felt the need to pitch better with Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski and Alejandro De Aza out of Sunday's lineup.
"Guys we've got on the bench are just as capable as anyone else," he said tersely. "Every person in this clubhouse can help us win a game. That never crossed my mind."
Sox hitters began chipping away at that 2-0 deficit with a run in the bottom of the second with a walk to Brent Lillibridge with the bases loaded and in the third with an RBI single by Alex Rios.
The final two runs came in the fourth inning on a single by Gordon Beckham and another single by Rios.
Sale did the rest, and put his pitcher of the month honors in perspective.
"It's a heck of an honor to have people think that highly of me," he said. "But it's still early and the old saying is it's not how you start but how you finish. We have to keep this rolling, and the way we have been playing lately, we have a good chance of going pretty far."