New York Yankees

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 21: Josh Donaldson #28 of the New York Yankees talks with Aaron Hicks #31 and umpire Will Little #93 after a benches-clearing dispute with Yasmani Grandal #24 of the Chicago White Sox (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium on May 21, 2022 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)


Let’s just say the heat got to them all just a little bit. On a day with temperatures blistering into the 90s for the first time this summer, Yankees DH Josh Donaldson got into a couple of verbal exchanges, one with White Sox shortstopTim Anderson, the other with catcher Yasmani Grandal that almost led to a benches clearing fight.

The history between Donaldson and Anderson goes back a week ago when Anderson objected to a hard tag by Donaldson in Chicago and the duo exchanged words.  Today in the Bronx, Donaldson was jawing at Anderson while rounding second for the final out. Both players had to be escorted off the field by Yankees manager Aaron Boone and White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing, respectively.

Come the bottom of the fifth inning with Donaldson striding to the plate for an at bat, White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal got in the face of Donaldson and the started exchanging words. Both benches started to clear. No punches were thrown, although Anderson had to be held back by Jose Abreu in the White Sox dugout.

After the game it came to light that Donaldson may have referred to Anderson as “Jackie” a direct reference to Jackie Robinson. Anderson called the comment “disrespectful.”


White Sox Manager Tony LaRussa alleged that Donaldson made a racist comment to Anderson.

Donaldson said that he did call Anderson “Jackie,” adding he has done it in the past in a jokingly manner.

The issues between Anderson and Donaldson overshadowed another stellar effort by Yankees starter Nestor Cortes who held the White Sox to three runs on six hits over five innings of work. He walked none and struck out seven.

The Yankees jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks in major part to a grand slam homer by D.J. LaMahieu. The Yankees and Sox wrap up their fireball series with a double-header on Sunday.