NEW YORK — Tim Anderson mentioned every part he needed to say with one swing of the bat — and a commanding trot across the bases. (Watch the video beneath.)
Anderson hit a three-run homer within the eighth inning after which put a finger to his lips to silence followers booing and chanting “Jackie” at him, capping a tumultuous weekend and serving to the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-0 Sunday night time for a doubleheader sweep.
Anderson appeared to inform the group to “shut the fuck up!” after his trot across the bases.
“What a day,” White Sox supervisor Tony La Russa mentioned.
A day after Anderson, who’s Black, accused Yankees slugger Josh Donaldson, who’s white, of creating a racist comment by calling him Jackie Robinson, the All-Star shortstop didn’t play within the first recreation. AJ Pollock hit a tiebreaking homer off Aroldis Chapman within the ninth inning because the White Sox gained 3-1.
Anderson was jeered throughout pregame introductions and prior to every at-bat within the nightcap. White Sox starter Michael Kopech mentioned he heard followers chanting “Jackie” at Anderson within the second recreation.
Anderson had already hit two singles when he homered over the fitting subject wall with two outs, ending off a five-run inning.
Anderson took a gradual trot and put his arms to his lips in a shushing gesture as he rounded the bases. He clapped his arms a number of instances upon crossing dwelling plate and pointed skyward earlier than once more making a silencing movement.
“I believe that was simply one of many cooler issues I’ve seen — watching a whole crowd that’s proven low class in the direction of him, booing him, calling him ‘Jackie’ after which hitting a homer and placing us in an excellent place to win,” Kopech mentioned. “Don’t have anything however respect for him.”
Anderson didn’t converse to reporters earlier than or after the doubleheader.
“Whenever you discuss how particular he’s, simply take into consideration the sport he had below these circumstances,” La Russa mentioned. “It’s particular.”
Donaldson additionally didn’t converse to reporters. By way of a Yankees spokesman, Donaldson mentioned he had not talked to Main League Baseball in regards to the state of affairs and didn’t speak converse to Anderson on Sunday.
There didn’t seem like any carryover on the sector in both recreation from the earlier afternoon’s anger and rigidity when the benches and bullpens emptied. Donaldson acknowledged Saturday he known as Anderson “Jackie” — a reference to the pioneering baseball icon that elicited criticism from each managers.
Donaldson mentioned it was a part of an inside joke with Anderson as a result of the White Sox participant as soon as known as himself “as we speak’s Jackie Robinson” in an interview. MLB is investigating the incident.
“He deserves the popularity and he deserves the respect,” La Russa mentioned of Anderson. “If someone disrespects him, he ought to get upset. I do know I might.”
La Russa mentioned Donaldson’s remark was “racist” following Saturday’s recreation, a 7-5 Yankees win. Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned Sunday he believed Donaldson didn’t imply any hurt together with his phrases, however thought utilizing such a time period was “…someplace he shouldn’t be going.”
Kopech returned from paternity depart Friday after going dwelling to witness the beginning of his second baby. He retired the primary 17 batters earlier than Rob Brantly doubled within the sixth.
“To be sincere, my thoughts hasn’t been on baseball till yesterday, and that in all probability helped me fairly a bit,” Kopech mentioned.