Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito has responded to Minnesota Twins’ Josh Donaldson’s “sticky” remark.
The Twins third baseman taunted Giolito after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of Tuesday’s game.
Donaldson rubbed his hands together and shouted, “hand’s not sticky anymore!,” as he crossed home plate.
Under the current regulation, foreign substances are banned, including any form of sticky substance pitchers usually used.
Giolito responded to the remark after the game, saying: “He’s a f***ing pest. That’s kind of a classless move. If you’re going to talk s***, talk s*** to my face.”
The feud intensified the next day. It was Donaldson’s turn to respond to being called a “pest.”
“He called me a pest, right?” Donaldson said on Wednesday during a videoconference with reporters. “Which is fine. I kind of almost consider that a compliment.”
Donaldson defended his “sticky” remark, saying that he did not mean to taunt the pitcher. “Obviously, he showed offense to what I said, which I think kind of speaks more about the looming question that’s going on, which is, was he using sticky stuff before all of this happened in the first place?”