Benches cleared during Saturday’s game between the hometown New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox over an alleged racial slur early in the game, triggering an ugly melee between the two MLB teams.
Tensions erupted after White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson took exception with being called “Jackie” by Josh Donaldson of the Yankees, a reference to the legendary Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in the major leagues in the modern era.
According to Anderson who is black, Donaldson said What’s up Jackie?” twice during the game which he interpreted as racism despite the fact that he had referred to himself as “today’s Jackie Robinson” in a 2019 interview and that the Yankees third baseman was likely just busting his chops for the ridiculous comparison.
The action went down in the fifth inning when Donaldson was at the plate for his turn at-bat and was confronted by White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal who angrily berated him for the remarks directed at his teammate, the discussion became so heated that the umpire got between the two as chaos broke out.
Both benches and bullpens emptied with players taking to the field to square off, bringing the action to a halt in the middle of the afternoon contest.
Benches have cleared in the Yankees-White Sox game.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 21, 2022
Once order was restored, Donaldson and the first place Yankees got the last word on the scoreboard, posting a 7-5 win that solidified the red-hot team’s hold on first place in the MLB East.
“He made a racist comment, Donaldson, and that’s all I’m gonna say,” said White Sox manager Tony La Russa after the game.
Tony La Russa alleges Josh Donaldson made a racist comment towards Tim Anderson. Declined to comment further. pic.twitter.com/PAWlac6Y0D
— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) May 21, 2022
Anderson also spoke with reporters after the game, “He just made a you know, disrespectful comment, you know basically, he was trying to call me Jackie Robinson, ‘what’s up Jackie?’ you know, I don’t play like that,” he said.
He called the comment “disrespectful” adding, “That happened the first time he got on, and I spared him that time, and it happened again and you know, it’s just uncalled for.”
When asked for his take on La Russa’s claim that it was a racist remark, Anderson agreed with his manager.
Chicago White Sox All-Star Tim Anderson says he was called “Jackie Robinson” multiple times by Josh Donaldson in today’s game against the Yankees. pic.twitter.com/729seehiEP
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) May 21, 2022
The two players also got into a heated exchange during last week’s game between the two teams in Chicago.
Josh Donaldson and Tim Anderson exchange words after this play at third.
(via @NBCSWhiteSox) pic.twitter.com/zd5CQsFvB9
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 14, 2022
The missing context in the rush to gin-up a racial controversy were Anderson’s remarks to Sports Illustrated in 2019.
“I kind of feel like today’s Jackie Robinson,” Anderson said. “That’s huge to say. But it’s cool, man, because he changed the game, and I feel like I’m getting to a point to where I need to change the game.”
Donaldson admitted that he did rib Anderson as “Jackie” and brought his own word and informed reporters of the player’s own words.
“First inning I called him Jackie, let me give you a little contest of that,” Donaldson said.
“2019, he came out with an interview saying that he’s the new Jackie Robinson of baseball, he’s gonna bring back fun to the game, right, and 2019 when I played for Atlanta, we actually joked about that,” he said, stating that he has used the nickname previously and it was no big deal with Anderson.
Josh Donaldson responds to Tim Anderson's comments after today's Yankees-White Sox game.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 21, 2022
So basically, Donaldson was just ribbing Anderson for likening himself to one of the greatest and most influential baseball players of all time, a silly comparison.
The usual suspects are calling for Donaldson’s head on a pike led by disgraced former ESPN personality Keith Olbermann, who tossed off an angry missive from the cozy confines of his New York City apartment.
Tim Anderson of the White Sox says Josh @BringerOfRain20 Donaldson of the Yankees derisively called him "Jackie" – as in Jackie Robinson – during today's game. It has to be investigated and Donaldson has to be suspended immediately and indefinitely. pic.twitter.com/D9ZtPeOdTG
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) May 21, 2022
Whether “woke” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred brings punitive action against Donaldson is yet to be determined but the pressure from the Twitter mob will be intense and as was previously seen when he pulled the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, the commish has a history of caving to leftists.
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