Liam Hendriks has the perfect description of Josh Donaldson’s explanation
By now, if you follow the Chicago White Sox closely, you know what transpired on Saturday afternoon in the game against the New York Yankees. Josh Donaldson, a common enemy of the Chicago White Sox, was the center of controversy once again.
Earlier in the week, Anderson and Donaldson had some beef over a hard tag at third base. He also had more than one issue with the White Sox last year as a member of the Minnesota Twins. To be honest, it now seems like none of that is the real reason for what transpired on Saturday.
Donaldson called Tim Anderson “Jackie” referring to Jackie Robinson. That was not taken well by the White Sox, especially Tim Anderson. Backing up his teammate, Yasmani Grandal got in his face before his next at-bat and the benches cleared.
We didn’t hear about that until Grandal, Anderson, and Tony La Russa addressed it after the game. That is not good at all. Donaldson was clearly a rival of the White Sox regardless of where he went but this was taken to a whole new brutal level.
Donaldson admitted to saying that after the game. He provided an explanation after the game saying that he thought it was an inside joke between him and Anderson. He referred to an interview from 2019 where Anderson called himself the new Jackie Robinson of baseball.
That is a bogus explanation. Just because Anderson made that comment, doesn’t mean that Donaldson has any right to joke around about that kind of stuff. If Anderson takes offense to it, that is all Donaldson should need to hear.
Liam Hendriks provided the best description of Josh Donaldson’s words.
On Sunday, Liam Hendriks was asked about it and he made the best possible point. He said that two people need to enjoy each other in order to have an inside joke. Tim Anderson (rightfully so) doesn’t get along with Donaldson so his explanation is a joke. Liam was a bit more explicit.
This White Sox team clearly has their teammates back as they should. MLB is going to investigate the situation as it is clearly a concerning issue for them. Hopefully, there is a resolution that doesn’t include retaliation from the White Sox. Winning some games would be the best way to retaliate.