White Sox manager Tony La Rusa did not say a word when asked what happened on Saturday between the Yankees’ third baseman Josh Donaldson and Chicago shortsman Tim Anderson.
“He made a racist comment,” La Rusa said of Donaldson. “That’s all I’m going to say.”
Shortly after the Yankees defeated Chicago Yankees Stadium 7-5, Donaldson, who is white, admitted to calling Anderson, who is black, “Jackie” in the first inn. Anderson said it happened twice in the game. Anderson considered Jackie Robinson’s reference, which in 1947 violated the baseball color league barrier with Brooklyn Dodgers, “disrespectful” until he agreed with his manager that the remark was racist.
“Basically, he was trying to call me Jackie Robinson,” Anderson said. “He was like, ‘Hey, what’ s going on, Jackie? ” I’m not playing like that. I’m not playing at all. ”
Anderson and Donaldson exchanged words on the pitch at the beginning of the game. The situation escalated in the fifth innings when White Sox supporter Jasmine Grandal confronted Donaldson when he entered a dough box. Grandal, pointing to Anderson, met Donaldson face to face and removed the chairs. Anderson, who was going for a short jog, was stopped by his teammates and caught away from Donaldson. There were no shots fired.
“This game went through a time where a lot of comments like that were targeted and I think we moved on from that,” Grandal said after the game. “It simply came to our notice then. I thought it was a low blow and I want to make sure I get back to my team. Under no circumstances will you be allowed to say such a thing.
“Believe me, you do not want me to tell you guys.”
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he needed Chicago’s allegations to be fully clarified before further comment could be made. The Major League Baseball will look into the situation Newsday’s Laura Albanese.
Donaldson, meanwhile, said he had called Anderson “Jackie” for years. He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture and that his confession had been obtained through torture.
Anderson spoke of his desire to bring more personality and talent to the traditionally preserved culture of baseball, an endeavor to which Anderson sometimes responded during his career.
“So, first of all, I called him ‘Jackie. Let me give you a little context for that,'” Donaldson began. This year, when I was playing in Atlanta, we actually joked about it in the game.
“I do not know what has changed and I told him that in the past years. No more than just a joke because he called himself Jackie Robinson. So if anything has changed since then – my point is not in any term that I am trying to be racist on this issue. It was just from the interview. “
Donaldson added: “Obviously, he thought it was disrespectful. And look, if he did, I’m sorry. I did not try to do that in any way. “
There was no humor for Anderson.
“It happened the first time he climbed and I picked him up at that time,” Anderson said. “And then it happened again. It’s just unbelievable. ”
Donaldson said he would be open to a personal conversation with Anderson. His characterization of the situation raised some eyebrows, as Anderson and White Sox did not have a good recent history with Donaldson. Last week, Anderson made an exception with Donaldson’s physical tag when teams were playing in Chicago. While trying to play Pickaf on the third base, Donaldson knocked Anderson out of the bag, ending a safe call. This was followed by the exchange of words and the cleaning of modest chairs.
Donaldson also had competitions at the White Sox in 2021 when he was a member of the Twins, who, like Chicago, play in the center of the American League. In one such match, Donaldson defeated White Sox Hundred Lucas Giolito. When Donaldson crossed the house plate, he shouted, “Hands are no longer sticky,” signaling MLB raids on pitchers using foreign substances.
After that, Jolito called Donaldson “harmful” and said that if the inspector had a problem with him, it should be said face to face. Donaldson then told reporters that he confronted Giolito in the stadium parking lot.
On Saturday, Donaldson said he took responsibility for Anderson last week and tried to “ease” the current tension to ease everything. “We are not trying to start a fight or anything like that,” Donaldson said.
The White Sox, who along with the Yankees perform regular season series with Sunday’s two-game play, did not perceive it that way.
“He lives in his own world,” Grandal said of Donaldson, citing an argument with Giolito.
“I’m sure any other team would do the same. As I said, such a comment is simply unacceptable.”