Yuli Gurriel tips his helmet towards Yu Darvish before his at-bat. pic.twitter.com/IotpfddcrY
— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) November 2, 2017
Before his first at-bat, Houston Astros first basemen Yuli Gurriel tipped his hat in apology to LA Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish. Gurriel made headlines earlier in game 3 of the 7 game series when he pulled at his eyelids and said the word “chinito” about Darvish, a Japanese-Iranian born in Japan. Some are saying tipping his hat isn’t enough, though.
Gurriel’s actions reeked of anti-Asian racism and he was suspended from the first five games next season. Darvish responded with disappointment, especially since Gurriel had played in Japan before signing with the Astros.
According to USA Today Darvish said he was disappointed in Gurriel, saying: “Acting like that…is disrespectful to people around the world. I try not to care much about it, but he played in Japan and I have a lot of respect for him, so I try not to think about it too much against him.” As frustrated as he was, he was also forgiving, saying: “Nobody’s perfect. And everybody’s different. And we’re going to have to learn from it. We are all human beings. That’s what I’m saying. We’ll learn from it and we have to go forward.”
Gurriel attempted to meet with the pitcher to apologize, but Darvish shrugged it off.
#Dodgers Yu Darvish said Yuli Gurriel offered to meet and apologize after Game 3. “I told him you don’t have to do that.”
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 31, 2017
Darvish also posted about it on Twitter.
— ダルビッシュ有(Yu Darvish) (@faridyu) October 28, 2017
And since Darvish didn’t find it necessary to meet, a helmet nod at plate seemed to be the best Gurriel could do.
— FOX Deportes (@FOXDeportes) November 2, 2017
All that understanding, forgiveness, being reprimanded by the MLB and even the head nod wasn’t enough for Dodgers fans, who booed the loudest Halloween boo ever in game 6.
— Gary Moore (@955gary) November 1, 2017
The Astros won the series, but Gurriel’s actions will carry over into the next season, where he’s already suspended from 5 games and will face booing for years to come.
[H/T] Washington Post