Yankees injured Josh Donaldson didn’t back him after comments

Yankees injured Josh Donaldson didn’t back him after comments

Josh Donaldson said he was hurt after his New York Yankees teammates failed to support him following his “Jackie Robinson” comments to Chicago White Sox star Tim Anderson.

Donaldson said Wednesday that while he admitted what he said about Anderson was wrong, hearing his own teammates criticize him was disappointing.

“I think it was hard to hear, of course, just for the simple fact that I’m proud to be a good teammate, and everywhere I’ve been, every organization I’ve been in, minus Oakland, has offered me an extension, wanted me to stay back,” Donaldson said during batting practice Wednesday, via The Associated Press.

“They showed they wanted me on their team. Obviously, it didn’t work out that way. And that’s just the business side of it. And also everywhere I went, I won. I think part of winning is having good team chemistry, and I’ve been proud everywhere I’ve been, I’ve always tried to help people try to improve.

It always seems like the point is missing.

Donaldson was suspended for one game last month after admitting to calling Anderson, who is black, “Jackie” during a game. This prompted the benches to come off during that game, and White Sox manager Tony La Russa said after the game that Donaldson made “a racist comment”.

Donaldson initially tried to defend himself, saying he was joking and referencing a 2019 interview Anderson did where he compared himself to Jackie Robinson.

— and said days later that he had in fact warned Donaldson to call him that in 2019.

Donaldson’s comments drew widespread criticism, including from Yankees manager Aaron Boone and teammate Aaron Judge. Boone said he didn’t think Donaldson’s comments were “the right thing to do there”, and Judge disagreed either, “kidding or not”.

Donaldson’s former teammate and current White Sox reliever Liam Hendricks also criticized him recently and said he was “not a fan.”

“I know Liam has come out a lot of times and said stuff about me,” Donaldson said, via The Associated Press. “It’s weird because I hear one thing and then when I see it it’s different. So it’s been really confusing for that. I’m not saying every one of my teammates has always been best friends with.”

Although Donaldson has apologized, including to the Robinson family, he still thinks Anderson may have “misinterpreted” his comments.

“I think everyone wanted to have their say. But they don’t know my heart,” Donaldson said, via The Associated Press. “I feel bad that the Robinson family – I never wanted them to feel their name should be viewed in a bad light. That’s why I apologized.

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Many of Josh Donaldson’s teammates criticized him for calling Tim Anderson “Jackie” last week, which kind of surprised him. (Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

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