Of anyone whose place in Dodger lore has changed this off-season after this Astros cheating scandal, Yu Darvish has had some of the best quotes, interviews, and one-liners of them all.
A recent case in point:
I like it!
— ???????(Yu Darvish) (@faridyu) February 16, 2020
Of course, the former Dodger was destroyed by fans and media after a game 7 start in the World Series. It was his second outing in the series where he failed to get out of the second inning. This came on the heels of dominant outings in the NLDS and NLCS prior.
He was told by Astros players that he was tipping his pitches. Then he found out that was a lie.
After wearing that failure on his shoulders for two seasons, he was absolved of some of the guilt that came with the Dodgers’ 2017 World Series failures. In the time since the commissioner’s report came out against Houston, Darvish has found himself still being asked often about that series and, it seems, has re-ignited a kindship of sorts with his former club.
With that, the now-Cub found himself defending Cody Bellinger on Sunday against a lambasting from Astros’ shortstop Carlos Correa.
Darvish, on Correa’s response to Bellinger: pic.twitter.com/a1rRi48COx
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) February 16, 2020
The message from the Japanese-born hurler was clear… stop talking, Houston players.
I saw that talking about Bellinger… So they cheat — I think they, right now, don’t need to talk. They shouldn’t talk like that right now.
Some people lost their job. They have to show more apology. I don’t feel anything from those guys.
Another point from Darvish challenges MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s comments from today. While Manfred feels that “asking for a piece of metal back seems like a futile idea,” when discussing vacating the 2017 World Series championship, Darvish feels otherwise.
It’s like the Olympics, when a player cheats, you can’t have a gold medal, right? But they still have a World Series title. It [feels] weird.
Soon after the punishment came down on the Astros from MLB, the 4-time All-Star Darvish was tongue in cheek about the status of the title. And it seems that the 2017 World Series title will forever be that… a joke.