The “Jackie” comment Josh Donaldson made toward Tim Anderson was still fresh on everyone’s mind prior to Sunday’s doubleheader between the Yankees and White Sox, with Chicago closer Liam Hendriks taking aim at the Bombers’ third baseman.
Hendriks was not buying Donaldson’s rationale that the comment was not racist, but rather an ongoing joke that he’s made in the past with Anderson.
“Usually you have inside jokes with people you get along with, not people who you don’t get along with at all,” Hendriks said. “So that statement right there is complete bulls—t. …That narrative is complete and utter bulls—t.”
Anderson said Donaldson called him “Jackie” twice in Saturday’s game — a reference to comments the shortstop made in 2019 in which he invoked Jackie Robinson in a story about Black representation in baseball.
Despite Donaldson’s assertion it was joke, Anderson did not take it as such and said after the game it was “disrespectful.”
When Yasmani Grandal confronted Donaldson during the game about it, the benches soon cleared before things de-escalated.
“Us in this clubhouse, we have [Anderson’s] back and everything,” Hendriks added. “And that was a completely unacceptable thing. Trying to whip it out as being an inside joke…they don’t’ have hose sorts of things going on. It’s like having an inside joke with a guy you’re a nemesis with…I don’t understand how [Donaldson] ever thought of it like that. It’s straight delusional.”
Meanwhile, Yankees manager Aaron Boone was also asked about the comment prior to Sunday’s games.
“Josh has been very forthcoming with the history of it and the context of it,” Boone said. “So I don’t believe there was any malicious intent in that regard. But you know, this is — just in my opinion — somewhere he should not be going.”