‘He’s a f–king pest’: Lucas Giolito, Josh Donaldson trade ‘sticky’ insults

‘He’s a f–king pest’: Lucas Giolito, Josh Donaldson trade ‘sticky’ insults

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There was no love lost between Lucas Giolito and Josh Donaldson after the division rivals faced off Tuesday night.

Donaldson came up to bat against Giolito in the first inning of the Twins-White Sox game and launched a home run to left field, giving Minnesota an early 2-0 lead. After he crossed home plate, he appeared to yell “hand’s not sticky anymore!” as he headed toward the Twins’ dugout.

Donaldson has been one of the league’s most outspoken figures amid the crackdown on pitchers using sticky substances. After homering off Giolito, the slugger appeared to implicate him in the scandal.

The 26-year-old pitcher was none too pleased, and unloaded on Donaldson after his White Sox won the game, 7-6.

“He’s a f–king pest,” Giolito said of Donaldson. “That’s kind of a classless move. If you’re going to talk s–t, talk s–t to my face.”

“We won. The ‘W’ is next to my name. They’re in last place,” Giolito added.

Giolito is not the first pitcher Donaldson has gone after since the MLB announced their crackdown on illegal substances. Earlier in June, he called out Yankees ace Gerrit Cole for a decreasing spin rate since the scandal came to light.

Giolito is not the first pitcher Donaldson has gone after since the MLB announced their crackdown on illegal substances. Earlier in June, he called out Yankees ace Gerrit Cole for a decreasing spin rate since the scandal came to light.

“Is it coincidence that Gerrit Cole’s spin rate numbers went down (Thursday) after four minor-leaguers got suspended for 10 games?” Donaldson told The Athletic. “Is that possible? I don’t know. Maybe. At the same time, with this situation, they’ve let guys do it.”

Giolito’s spin rate has dropped since the league announced the crackdown, so it will be interesting to see if anything comes of this feud.

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