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Astros’ Yulieski Gurriel Makes Racist Gesture About Dodgers’ Yu Darvish

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.

https://twitter.com/CoIIier/status/924077740990623745

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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Written by Alex Perez

Whittier College Alumnus.
Editor In Chief of Dodgers Nation.
Lifelong Dodgers fan.

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  1. I aggre their is no place for racism in sports and for dam sure in the World Series millions of people kid are watching your supposed to be a role model and teach our kids the future of this world how to have sportsmanship what he did is uncalled for and he should be punished to the full extent of the mlb regulations

  2. Now it has hit the World Series? This is crazy. Baseball players are the most watched by children and follow by example. Shame on you Yulieski! What nationality are you?

  3. Gurriel is a racist pig, should not be allowed to play, we need to come down hard on this, it’s not right

  4. So you never have heard of an ethnic joke? Or made one or laughed at one before? Just take the loss people come on

  5. Rascism should not be tolerated. Good sportsmanship should be the standard. MLB & Astros must ACT & make an example and penalize his deplorable behavior in national platform. NOT OK

  6. Gurriel’s slant eye gesture and “chinito” expletive is the equivalent of the use of the “N” word towards African American. Yuli Gurriel is remorseful now, but the damage was done and acknowledging it and moving forward is just a slap on the wrist and saying it was wrong but does not address the seriousness of racial gestures or words. So, I agree with moving forward, but it should not go by unpunished. Whether it be homophobic or racist directives in sports, it should not be tolerated and examples need to be made to eliminate it from being continual.

  7. Baseball…football…SPORTS used to be valued for building character for our youth. Sports today have been morphed and infiltrated and invaded so there are no true role models no heroes. None are praised for their sportsmanship or their good efforts. Ha! Today we don’t even acknowledge their physical fitness. The only players in any sport getting attention are the RICH boys with bling or the bad boyz with sass. Disgusting. They all represent what’s wrong with America not the good spirit and way to be. It’s time to stand up and require more of our role models, more of those we celebrate, more of our heroes and more of our leaders.

  8. And we pick out one thing of the many that happens in every game throwing helmets, gloves, cursing these guys are not role models they are overpaid for playing a game, nothing more than a game shame on them all.

  9. No place for it anywhere, but especially in a league filled with Asian players, including a half-Asian opposing manager, and countless Asian fans, an example needs to be made here. Mocking a feature specifically associated with a specific group of people is unacceptable.

  10. His explanation for that gesture and using “Chinito” was ridiculous. He already seemed like a pompous jerk to me, and now he is even worse in my eyes. Seriously, calling all Asians “Chinese” is the same thing and referring to all Latinos as “Mexicans.” And Gurriel certainly would have a problem with THAT, wouldn’t he? I had been thinking that he needed a new haircut. It makes him look like a troll. But I guess it fits him well.

  11. Inexcusable. What an unprofessional major league baseball player and a pathetically compromised human being. Gurriel, apologize to Yu in person when, if ever, you genuinely mean it. Shame on you.

  12. He should be suspended for at least 2 games and fined NOW! Not next season. It happened this season not next season. So what if commissioner man Fred says it’s not fair for the team to suspend him in the wold series. He needs to pay for what he did even if it’s at cost of his team. Suspending him next season looses its meaning. Man up !!! Gurriel

  13. As Asians continue to be sold to the Western consciousness this way.
    Boycott / blog Astros till Yulieski is gone from media – for good!
    Be the authors of your own voices.

  14. shame on MLB as a league postponing his suspension. If Donald Trump did it after meeting with some Asian official, he would be impeached…immediately at that. can I kill somone and go to jail next year? shame on Astro fans who said people are overreacting.

  15. WTF! MLB better make an example out of him! 5 game suspension isn’t going to cut it. More than 60% of the Worlds Population is Asian and we all know MLB is trying to tap into that market. Here’s a start.

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