Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito wasn’t pleased about the antics from Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson after Donaldson hit a home run in Tuesday night’s game at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Donaldson hit a two-run homer off Giolito in the top of the first inning, and then appeared to say “Hand’s not sticky anymore; it’s not sticky anymore” while crossing home plate (he’s had drama while crossing home plate on homers vs the White Sox before).
Sounds like as Josh Donaldson crossed home plate after hitting his 2-run HR he said … "Hand's not sticky anymore… it's not sticky." pic.twitter.com/YQFhg54Si9
— Chris Long (@ChrisLongKSTP) June 30, 2021
That’s of course in reference to Major League Baseball’s crackdown on foreign substances, so Donaldson is clearly suggesting that Giolito used sticky substances in the past and no longer can.
Giolito went on to throw six innings, allowing three earned runs, six hits, three walks, with one strikeout in a 7-6 White Sox win.
And after the game, Giolito didn’t hold back with his thoughts on Donaldson:
Lucas Giolito on Josh Donaldson’s post-HR comments
"He's a fucking pest. That's kind of a classless move. If you're going to talk shit, talk shit to my face. Don't go across home plate and do all that, just come to me."
"We won. The W's next to my name. They're in last place."
— James Fegan (@JRFegan) June 30, 2021
"We won. The 'W' is next to my name. They're in last place."
Lucas Giolito goes OFF on Josh Donaldson pic.twitter.com/xFwsEIX4WA
— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) June 30, 2021
Giolito’s spin rates have dropped significantly since the foreign substance ban, so perhaps Donaldson is ultimately correct with the accusation (even though Giolito did still find a way to grind out a solid outing on Tuesday).
Giolito tonight…yikes https://t.co/qWthAfnlu1 pic.twitter.com/yAj9FWpyJ6
— RushingBaseball (@RushingBaseball) June 30, 2021
Donaldson has been one of the most outspoken position players on the foreign substance topic over the last few months, referring to it as “performance-enhancing” and even referencing the spin rate numbers of New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole.