Tim Anderson says there was no inside joke between he and Josh Donaldson regarding Donaldson calling Anderson "Jackie" over the weekend, in reference to Jackie Robinson.
The incident occurred during Saturday's game between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox.
"He did say that, and I told him we never have to talk again," Anderson recalled. "I don't speak to you, you don't speak to me, if that's how you want to refer to me. I know, he knew exactly what he was doing because I already told him."
Donaldson said the "Jackie" comment was in reference to a 2019 interview with Sports Illustrated in which Anderson described himself as feeling like "today's Jackie Robinson" in how he's "getting to a point where I need to change the game." Donaldson said it was a reference about which he has "joked around" with Anderson in the past.
Anderson said he hasn't heard from the Yankees or Donaldson, and that's just fine with him.
"I'm not looking for no friendship or relationship from that behalf," he said. "I'm going to keep playing hard and being a great teammate."