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Yuli Gurriel Tips Hat to Yu Darvish in First At-Bat Since Making Offensive Gesture (Video)
Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel made a public peace offering to Dodgers starter Yu Darvish during his first at-bat in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Gurriel made a racist gesture toward Darvish after hitting a home run off the Japanese ace in Game 3 last week. MLB handed him a five-game suspension to be served next season, but on Tuesday Dodgers starter Rich Hill exacted a small measure of revenge by stepping off the mound during Gurriel’s at-bats so L.A. fans had more time to boo.
On Wednesday, when he stepped to the plate for his first at-bat against Darvish since making the offensive gesture, Gurriel tipped his hat at Darvish as a kind of public apology.
Take a look:
Gurriel to Darvish pic.twitter.com/y2jRdBfzFH
— Judson Richards (@Judson1360) November 2, 2017
While this was the first time Gurriel got to apologize to Darvish in front of the entire world, it’s not the first contact the two have had since the Game 3 incident.
According to Darvish, Gurriel contacted him last week and asked if they could meet so he could apologize in person. However, Darvish declined, saying he didn’t think it was necessary.
“After the game like [Gurriel] contacted us and said, ‘Hey, I’d like to meet you in person and apologize,’ but I told him, ‘Hey, you don’t have to do that, because you made a comment, and, like, I’m not that mad,’” Darvish told reporters. “So like I really didn’t care much about that.”
That echoes what Darvish wrote on Twitter last weekend:
— ダルビッシュ有(Yu Darvish) (@faridyu) October 28, 2017
Gurriel will be on a short leash from here on out, and rightfully so. But if Darvish can forgive and give him a second chance, the rest of us probably should too.
Hat Tip – [theScore]