White Sox shortstop has argument with Kansas City Royals catcher in game two of doubleheader on Saturday. The fun police wasn’t happy about a celebration.
Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson hit home run to start the game on Saturday night against the Kansas City Royals. In game two of a doubleheader, Anderson got the Sox off to a quick start and celebrated his leadoff home run.
After reaching home plate, Anderson was momentarily met by Royals catcher Salvador Perez. It wasn’t until the bottom of the first inning, that Perez met with Anderson again but this time it was at second base. The argument that ensued led to both benches for the Sox and Royals clearing. No fight came out of the argument, but Perez showed he was unhappy about Anderson’s home run celebration.
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The celebration didn’t appear to be egregious and certainly wouldn’t be looked at as Anderson showing anyone up. However, Perez didn’t feel this way. After the Royals 5-2 win over the Sox, Perez spoke with reporters about the incident with Anderson. According to James Fegan of The Athletic, Perez feels that Anderson can’t celebrate like he did because it wasn’t a playoff or World Series game.
This isn’t the first time that Anderson has gotten into an argument with an opposing player or annoyed them. Since arriving in 2016, Anderson has had verbal spats with Marcus Stroman and recently drew the ire of Justin Verlander.
However, Anderson has always been a player to celebrate good plays on the field, and he’s been more jovial with home runs in the past. Anderson spoke on Saturday night about his argument with Perez and alluded to the fact of individuals trying to take the fun out of baseball. The 24-year-old shortstop mentioned he went through a lot in 2017 and he’s playing the game of baseball now to have fun.
"“We’re going to keep playing. If we hit home runs we’re going to keep celebrating and have fun.” Tim Anderson"
Although Anderson has not only vowed to continue having fun, he’s been upsetting players while with a non-contending team. Imagine what his celebrations will be like when the Sox are contenders. Perez might think Anderson should reserve his celebrations for the postseason, but baseball is essentially a children’s game and there’s no room for the fun police.