After the game, it was a heated afternoon on the field. Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson took offense to being called “Jackie”Josh Donaldson of the New York Yankees, a comment deemed “racist”Tony La Russa, manager
Donaldson admitted that Anderson was his calling after the game “Jackie”In the first inning, he made a nod at Jackie Robinson. He later apologized and said he meant no offense. Anderson, who is Black said that he took offense at the comment after the game.
“He just made a disrespectful comment,”Anderson said. “Basically he was trying to call me Jackie Robinson. ‘What’s up, Jackie?’ I don’t play like that. I don’t really play at all. I wasn’t really going to bother nobody today, but he made the comment and you know it was disrespectful and I don’t think it was called for. It was unnecessary.”
Donaldson, a white man, said that “Jackie”Anderson said that he felt like this in a 2019 interview with Sports Illustrated. “today’s Jackie Robinson”In how he behaves “getting to a point where I need to change the game.”
Donaldson claimed that it was a reference. “joked around”Anderson will discuss it in the past.
Major League Baseball is investigating the matter and speaking with all parties involved, according to a source who spoke to ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez.
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Jose Abreu restrains White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson from going after Josh Donaldson of the Yankees on Saturday. Sarah Stier/Getty Images
Donaldson had reached second base in the third inning after the final out, and began to slap Anderson as the teams left the field. Manager Aaron Boone led Donaldson and Anderson off the field. Anderson, an All Star shortstop, was then taken off the field by Joe McEwing, third-base coach.
“He made a racist comment, Donaldson, and that’s all I’m going to say. That’s as strong as it gets,” La Russa said.
Anderson replied, “Yes, I agree with La Russa.” “Same. Same. Along that same line.”
Donaldson said that he told his story to his Yankees teammates. Anderson told reporters that he was open to meeting Anderson to discuss the incident.
“My meaning of that is not any term trying to be racist by any fact of the matter,” Donaldson said. “He clearly considered it rude. Look, if he did, I apologise. That’s not what he was trying to do.
May 13, Chicago, saw the White Sox and Yankees clear their benches. Anderson objected when Donaldson placed a hard tag on Anderson.
Donaldson claimed Saturday that he was “trying to defuse” any lingering tension when the players crossed paths early in the game.
In the fifth inning of the Saturday game, White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal stood up from his crouch and began jawing at Donaldson as he approached the plate. The barking continued as relievers ran in from the bullpens and the benches emptied, with La Russa also yelling at Donaldson.
“Believe me, I don’t want you to tell you guys the things that I told him,” Grandal stated to reporters.
Anderson continued shouting at Donaldson, while Jose Abreu and Gavin Sheets restrained him. After a few minutes, both sides were warned by the umpires and Donaldson struck out.
“This game went through a period in time where a lot of those comments were meant, and I think we’re way past that,”Grandal spoke after the game. “And it’s just unacceptable. I just thought it was a low blow and I want to make sure I’ve got my team’s back. There’s no way that you’re allowed to say something like that.”
Boone said of the incident, “I know… some speak of that.” I need to get to its root.
On Sunday, the Yankees will face the White Sox in a doubleheader.
This report was contributed by The Associated Press.