Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has many big hits to his name in Major League Baseball (MLB) but his most significant one came in Sunday’s game against the New York Yankees. Anderson’s three-run homer came with a special message for the fans who were booing the Alabama native at Yankee Stadium.
While rounding the bases, Anderson, who has been at the centre of controversy with the Yankees this past week, put his finger to his lips and shushed the crowd. Notably, the 28-year-old has earlier slammed the Yankees’ third baseman Josh Donaldson with “racism” allegations during the first inning of the Yankees-White Sox clash on Saturday.
“This guy is — he’s as good as anybody playing at that position, and one of the best players in baseball,” said manager Tony La Russa, as quoted by MLB.com. “So he deserves the recognition, and he deserves the respect. When somebody disrespects him, well, he should get upset. I know I would. Point is, when you talk about how special he is, think about the game he had under those circumstances.”
“Got nothing but respect for Anderson”
Tim’s teammate and Chicago pitcher Michael Kopech earned his first victory of the season after flirting with a perfect game until the bottom of the sixth. The youngster leapt massive praises for the former’s temperament while giving it back to the booing crowd.
“I think that speaks hugely to the character of Tim and what we’re trying to be in this clubhouse, and that’s a family,” Kopech said. “Not to speak too much on that, but Tim’s going to show up every day ready to play and lead this team. And he did that again tonight.
“I think that was just one of the cooler things I’ve seen, watching an entire crowd that’s showing low class towards him, booing him, calling him Jackie and all that stuff. And then hitting a home run and putting us right back in a good position to win. Got nothing but respect for him.”