On July 31st, the Dodgers gave up Willie Calhoun, A.J. Alexy, and Brendon Davis for Yu Darvish solely for what the ace could bring in October. Before Friday, Darvish was solid in his first two starts of the postseason. He went five innings and gave up one run on two hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS. Then, the right-hander went 6.1 innings against the Chicago Cubs and gave up just one run on six hits. Unfortunately, all of this success did not carry over into the World Series.
Yu Darvish gave up four runs in the bottom of the second inning in Game 3 of the World Series. He wouldn’t even make it out of the inning and would be replaced by Kenta Maeda. Yulieski Gurriel kicked off the four-run inning with a solo home run, and then proceeded to disturb baseball fans everywhere with what he did in the Astros’ dugout.
Cameras caught Gurriel making a racist gesture about Yu Darvish. Check out the video of him doing it below.
Yulieski Gurriel is a 33-year old rookie and had a successful 2017 season, putting up a slash line of .299/.332/.486. The first baseman also hit 18 home runs and drove in 75 runs. His success carried over into the postseason, as well. Going into Game 3 of the World Series, Gurriel had a slash line of .333/.382/.529, one home run, and five runs batted in. Now, after what he did in the Astros’ dugout, none of it matters.
It’s a shame to see this happen, especially on the biggest stage in baseball. You would think that the players on both of these teams would carry themselves with class and would respect one another.
There is absolutely no excuse for this, and Major League Baseball should come down hard on Gurriel for his disgraceful actions. Hopefully the Houston Astros also make an example of him because this is absolutely unacceptable. I also hope that his teammates speak out on this issue so that we can make sure something like this never happens again.
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