NEW YORK – Tim Anderson said all he had to say with a batting – and a commanding trot around the bases. (Watch the video below.)
Anderson hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and then put a finger to his lips to silence fans who were booing and chanting ‘Jackie’ at him, capping a tumultuous weekend and helping the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-0 Sunday night for a double sweep.
Anderson appeared to tell the crowd to “shut the fuck up!” after his trot around the bases.
“What a day,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said.
A day after Anderson, who is black, accused Yankees slugger Josh Donaldson, who is white, of making a racist remark by calling him Jackie Robinson, the All-Star shortstop did not played in the first game. AJ Pollock hit a game-tying homer off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning as the White Sox won 3-1.
Anderson was mocked during pregame introductions and before every at bat in the nightcap. White Sox starter Michael Kopech said he heard fans chanting “Jackie” at Anderson during Game 2.
Anderson had already hit two singles when he hit the right field wall with two outs, ending a five-run inning.
Anderson took a slow trot and put his hands to his lips in a shhh gesture as he rounded the bases. He clapped several times as he crossed home plate and pointed skyward before making a motion of silence again.
“I think that was just one of the coolest things I’ve seen – watching a whole crowd that showed low class towards him, booing him, calling him ‘Jackie’, then hitting a home run and put us in a good position to win,” Kopech said. “Have nothing but respect for him.”
Anderson did not speak to reporters before or after the doubleheader.
“When you say how special he is, just think about the game he had in those circumstances,” La Russa said. “It is special.”
Donaldson also did not speak to reporters. Through a Yankees spokesperson, Donaldson said he did not speak to Major League Baseball about the situation and did not speak to Anderson on Sunday.
There didn’t seem to be a carry-over to the field in either game of the anger and tension from the previous afternoon when the benches and relievers emptied. Donaldson admitted on Saturday that he called Anderson “Jackie” – a reference to the pioneering baseball icon that drew criticism from both managers.
Donaldson said it was part of a joke with Anderson because the White Sox player once called himself “today’s Jackie Robinson” in an interview. MLB is investigating the incident.
“He deserves recognition and he deserves respect,” La Russa said of Anderson. “If someone disrespects him, he should get mad. I know I would.
La Russa said Donaldson’s comment was “racist” after Saturday’s game, a 7-5 Yankees victory. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Sunday he thought Donaldson meant no harm with his words, but thought using such a term was “…somewhere he shouldn’t be going.”
Kopech returned from paternity leave on Friday after returning home to attend the birth of his second child. He struck out the first 17 batters before Rob Brantly doubled in the sixth.
“To be honest, I didn’t think about baseball until yesterday, and that probably helped me a lot,” Kopech said.
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