Dodger fans, it’s time to come face to face with some trauma. The topic of Yu Darvish is a sensitive one for most Dodger fans, and so is how they feel about him. This, is of course because Yu Darvish started game 7 of the 2017 World Series, and gave up 5 early runs. It is wildly reported that he had been tipping his slider, and this is how the Astros were able to hit him so hard. On the topic of what kind of reception he will get, Bill Plunkett wrote a piece.
#Dodgers coverage: Yu Darvish has been made the villain for LAD's 2017 World Series loss, perhaps even in his own mind.
"I don’t think Yu Darvish lost the World Series,” Kiké Hernandez said. “I think the Dodgers did.”https://t.co/wcTxA1pPXh
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 15, 2019
All About How Yu Feel
Divisive topics tend to bring out the harshest opinions. Angry fans don’t typically exercise a lot of nuance because of the trauma Dodger fans feel over losing that World Series. At the end of the day, of course Yu Darvish wanted to pitch well in game 7. To have so much acrimony towards Yu Darvish just for that is like Red Sox fans who never forgave Bill Buckner. It’s not a good look.
That, is however not exactly the end of the story. The malevolent feelings towards Darvish come probably from his comment he made to Dave Roberts. After he signed with the Cubs, Yu Darvish chose to tell his former skipper, “My main goal is to beat the Dodgers.” Why he would say this to the manager he was saying goodbye to is bewildering, and petty.
A pitcher signing with a different team after the season ended is well and good. A pitcher saying he wants to beat the team he just left? Well that’s purposefully inciting. Many fans interpreted this as Darvish saying he wanted to beat the best. This is plausible, but Yu Darvish is smart. It’s unlikely he didn’t know the implications this would bring.
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Yu On The Cubs
Since signing with the Cubs for 6 years, 126 million dollars, Darvish hasn’t had a great time. His ERA in both 2018 and 2019 hover just barely under 5. His WHIP has been over 1.4 both seasons while he’s appeared in only 22 games for the north siders. Perhaps the only solace Dodger fans need (in lieu of booing) should be that the Dodgers didn’t pay $126 million dollars for poor production.
Would You Boo?
We asked you on Twitter on whether you would boo Yu Darvish. Here are the poll results along with some of your comments!
Yu Darvish is returning to Dodger Stadium on Saturday. Will you be booing or not booing his return?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) June 15, 2019
As loud as I possibly can
— Rebekah Loves Dodgers (@DodgerFoodie) June 15, 2019
He lost the team the World Series and said nothing but negative things about the organization once he left. The answer is duh
— Klein25 (@Klein25) June 15, 2019
No, if y’all think he’s the only reason we lost the world series then, think better. We don’t boo the offense every game do we.
— Benjamin Royer (@thebenroyer) June 15, 2019
Cost us a World Series. Damned right I’m booing.
— joshua (@joshualebeck) June 15, 2019
Still bitter. Not “Bartman” or “Buckner” bitter, but “it’s all Yu’s fault” bitter. It will always be his fault. We could go 162-0 and then 11-0 and win it all and I’ll STILL be bitter ??????????
— YouKnowWho (@ItsYouKnowWho_) June 15, 2019
I’m throwing an imaginary beer at him
— Kiing_SportY (@sporty323eastla) June 15, 2019
This is undoubtedly be an excited game. How will you react?