St. PETERSBURG, FL – Josh Donaldson has freaked everyone out from Tim Anderson To Aaron Judge To Aaron Boone for The White Sox shortstop invites “Jackie” on frequent occasions.
On Thursday, the Yankees’ third baseman said he and Anderson now “have a mutual understanding” on the matter, noting that his days of referring to Anderson as “Jackie” are over.
Donaldson’s statement came after Anderson said on Tuesday in Chicago that He told Donaldson they would “never talk again” Donaldson first came up with a reference to Jackie Robinson in a game shortly after Anderson called himself the “new Jackie Robinson” in a 2019 Sports Illustrated article.
Anderson made it clear that there was no inside joke between the two, Donaldson initially said in explaining his actions, which has led to several bench-purge incidents in the past two weeks between the Yankees and the White Sox.
According to a source, the Yankees are not considering additional penalties for Donaldson.
In his statement, Donaldson said, “First of all, I have the utmost respect for what Tim Anderson does in baseball. I mentioned over the weekend that I had apologized for offending Tim and that this was a misunderstanding based on multiple exchanges between us over the years. My view of this exchange changes and I never meant to be disrespectful. In the past, this was not a problem at all, and now that it is, we have a mutual understanding.
“I would also like to apologize to Mrs. Rachel Robinson and Jackie Robinson’s family for any distress this incident may have caused. Jackie was a true American hero and I hold his name in the highest esteem.”
Initially, Donaldson said he was trying to defuse tensions between the two after they nearly broke up when the two teams met in Chicago earlier this month.
After Boone criticized Donaldson for making the comment, Judge made it clear that he wasn’t pleased with the third baseman.
Of Donaldson’s actions toward Anderson, the judge said, “Joke or not, I don’t think it’s the right thing to do there.” Looking at the history, especially the series in Chicago and a little bit of beef between Anderson and [Donaldson]. Anderson is one of the best stopping points in the game and he’s a huge part of MLB and how we can develop the game… He made a mistake, it’s owned by him and we have to move on.”
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