Dodgers Pitcher Rich Hill Steps Off Mound To Give Fans More Time To Boo Yuli Gurriel (VIDEO)
Dodgers starter Rich Hill took his sweet time every time the Astros’ Yuli Gurriel came to the plate in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday. And it was no accident.
Gurriel made a racist gesture after hitting a home run off the Dodgers’ Yu Darvish in Game 3 on Friday. However, Major League Baseball elected not to punish the entire Astros organization by suspending Gurriel for the World Series. Instead, they handed the Cuban-born first baseman a five-game suspension to be served during the 2018 regular season.
The decision regarding Gurriel’s suspension may or may not be reasonable. Either way, the Dodgers or their fans don’t have to be nice to him.
Sure enough, when the World Series returned to Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, L.A. fans booed Gurriel without mercy every time he stepped to the plate. And Rich Hill helped by stepping off the mound, kicking dirt off his cleats, and doing everything he possibly could to stall for time.
Take a look:
The loudest boos of the World Series for Yuli Gurriel at Dodger Stadium. pic.twitter.com/HndrsCfNgQ
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 1, 2017
After the game Hill confirmed that his pause was no coincidence, calling it his “silent gesture” on condemnation.
Rich Hill on stepping off to let the crowd boo Yuli Gurriel: “That was my silent gesture” to condemn Gurriel’s insult toward Yu Darvish.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) November 1, 2017
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]