Donaldson homers, 'whistles' at White Sox dugout

Slugger gestures toward Chicago after crossing the plate

April 3rd, 2018

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson delivered his first home run of the season on Monday night, and then made sure the White Sox dugout heard all about it.

Donaldson hit a solo shot during the sixth inning of the Blue Jays' 4-2 victory over Chicago. The former American League MVP then rounded the bases and delivered a pointed message to White Sox first-base coach Daryl Boston.

Boston has a rather unusual tradition of blowing a whistle whenever one of his players makes a nice defensive play. The whistle was heard several times during Monday's game, but when Donaldson went deep he decided to take matters into his own hands. As he crossed home plate, Donaldson covered his mouth and blew into his hand several times while staring daggers into the Chicago dugout.

"They have a particular coach over there who likes to blow an actual whistle when their team makes a good play or something like that," Donaldson said. "I was talking to a couple of my former coaches I had in the Minor Leagues before the game. I guess he seems to think it's appropriate so I thought it would be appropriate if I blew it back at them when they didn't make a play."

Donaldson's antics weren't malicious, and Boston was spotted in the White Sox dugout after the fact laughing with other members of the coaching staff. Boston said his unusual tradition started a couple of years ago when he was trying to get the attention of one of his outfielders.

Boston, who said he can't whistle, initially tried to learn but eventually gave up and instead bought a referee's whistle. He has been given a hard time about it before from teams such as the Royals and knows Donaldson's actions on the field probably won't be the last time he hears about his approach.

"I was informed that he was not particularly thrilled about the whistle, and he showed me that he was not," Boston said. "Kansas City gives me a hard time about it. They don't like it, in particular. I don't know if you all notice this, but sometimes when they score runs they'll blow the Whistle Song. That's kind of directed at me as well."

Donaldson has homered in each of his past four games against the White Sox, dating back to last season. That marks the 27th time in franchise history that a Blue Jays player had at least a four-game homer streak vs. one opponent. The most recent was 's five-game streak against Philadelphia from Aug. 18, 2015-June 16, 2016.

Even better news for the Blue Jays than the home run is that Donaldson is expected to return to third base for Tuesday's game against Chicago. Donaldson hasn't played third since Opening Day because of a dead arm issue.

"The last few days really progressed really well," Donaldson said. "[Sunday], I felt really good but I wanted to give it one more day just to see how it responded. Today, in my opinion, it went very well and I should be good to go tomorrow."