Obviously, when the Houston Astros’ sign stealing accusations first came out; Yu Darvish was the first individual player I thought about. Of course, Darvish is the infamous starting pitcher of game seven of the 2017 World Series. As you know, he didn’t last long that night.
Now, Darvish is taking the time to talk about about the Astros and how it pertains to his life and career. Equally important, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times transcribes Darvish’s personal YouTube acconut video which was posted last night.
Yu Darvish is conflicted over #Astros sign-stealing allegations. “Because I had that experience, I was able to work hard these last two years and become the person I am now.” https://t.co/79OwjekIQ1 #Dodgers
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) November 15, 2019
Indeed, it’s an interesting read. Moreover, Darvish seems like a really likable and quality guy when you take the time to read his responses. First off, he says the whole experience has helped him evolve as a person.
“Because I had that experience, I was able to work hard these last two years and become the person I am now.”
Then, Darvish says something that I really admire. He doesn’t absolve himself of all the blame. For instance, he realizes that he was the pitcher throwing to the Astros the night they won the series. Even if some funny business was going on in the Houston dugout like this, he realizes his role in everything.
“I feel that if I absolve myself and say it was the Astros’ fault I was bad in Game 7, in the World Series, I can’t develop as a person,” he said. “In life, I think huge failures are extremely important. I’ve had a few up to this point. The World Series was one of them. I think it will remain a point of reference for me. I’ve already learned a lot from it. So regarding that, I can’t view myself charitably. I think I have to continue to accept the results.”
You can watch the entire Darvish video here, but you will need the ability to translate like Hernandez does for us.
Finally, what he says at the end of his video might be the most interesting. Certainly to me, it’s the most admirable. Darvish doesn’t blame the Astros for his poor performance, or the game seven loss of the 2017 World Series necessarily.
“If you ask me if I got hit in Game 7 because they stole signs, I don’t think so,” he said. “The Astros have great players who don’t have to do that. So I think that whether or not they stole signs, the results wouldn’t have changed.”
Whether you like him or not, Darvish has to move up a little bit in your mental book after this; right?