Aaron Judge didn’t mince words when White Sox star Tim Anderson was asked his thoughts on Josh Donaldson’s “Jackie” remark.
“Joking or not, I don’t think [Donaldson’s comment] It was the right thing to do there, especially given the history with the series in Chicago,” the Yankee slugger and clubhouse leader said of his teammate after losing to the Orioles on Monday.
Donaldson received a one-game suspension on Monday by MLB for saying “what’s up Jackie” as Jackie Robinson to Anderson, who is black, while he was on base during the teams game on Saturday. The Yankee third baseman explained that his misleading remarks were meant as a joke because Anderson referred to himself as the modern-day Jackie Robinson in a Sports Illustrated article published in 2019. But in that article, Anderson said he was breaking the “fun barrier.” ,
“Derogatory remarks,” Anderson said after Saturday’s game. “Basically he tried to call me Jackie Robinson, you know ‘what’s up Jackie.’ I don’t play like that. I don’t play at all.” Donaldson’s remarks later raised tensions and the benches were cleared. When both teams returned to their respective dugouts, Donaldson was seen talking to the judge.
The judge said Donaldson told Clubhouse about his poor judgement, and that it was a joke that he and Anderson had reportedly laughed at in the past.
“Still, I don’t think it was the right move at all,” the judge reiterated. “but [Donaldson] Got the suspension and now it’s time to move on.”
The history between the Yankees and the White Sox judges was a game between the two teams on May 13 in Chicago. Anderson came back into third base to avoid a pickoff attempt. Donaldson tried to tag him, but with such force he pushed Anderson out of the bag. When the White Sox were back on their feet after ruling the shortstop safe, it pushed Donaldson back. Then the benches were cleared.
“A bit of beef between Anderson and JD,” said the judge. “Anderson is one of the best shortstops in the game, a big part of MLB, what’s going on here, and how we’re trying to develop the game. JD made a mistake, owned it, and now we have to.” Have to move on.
The White Sox’s overall grip with Donaldson goes back further to last season, when he made a rift about pitcher Lucas Giolito – “Aren’t hands sticky anymore?” Donaldson, then the Minnesota Twin, said after a home run from Giolito following MLB’s action over his use of illegal sticky substances pitcher.