Yu Darvish explains not meeting with Yuli Gurriel over racist gesture
Yu Darvish has declined a request from Yuli Gurriel for a personal meeting, insisting there’s no need for one.
Gurriel has been suspended for the first five games of the 2018 season by Major League Baseball for making a racist gesture and using an offensive term towards Darvish after hitting a home run during Game 3 of the World Series.
The Houston Astros first baseman later apologized for his actions and requested a meeting with the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher. Darvish, however, wasn’t interested.
“After the game I came back in the dugout, and one of the Dodgers employees came to me and said, ‘Hey, this is what happened, they caught it on camera,’ ” Darvish said, via Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. “I didn’t think it was going to be this big of a deal. I was telling my interpreter that, ‘Hey, maybe this is going to be a big deal after the game.’ And it did [become one].
“But to me I wasn’t that frustrated at that point when I saw it the first time. And then after the game, he 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.’ So … I really didn’t care much about that.”
Darvish’s comments on the issue follow a social media dispatch on Saturday in which he demonstrates a lot of class over the offensive act by Gurriel.
— ダルビッシュ有(Yu Darvish) (@faridyu) October 28, 2017
Despite Darvish downplaying the incident, Gurriel didn’t escape the vitriol of Dodgers fans during Game 6 Tuesday night. Gurriel was booed lustily during an at-bat, letting him know Dodgers fans weren’t as eager to forgive and forget.
Listen to the reaction to Yuli Gurriel in his 1st AB … #WorldSeries @NewyScruggs @NBCSportsRadio pic.twitter.com/32BJcILHbC
— Gerrit Ritt (@GerritRitt) November 1, 2017
Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill played a key role in how extensively Gurriel incurred the wrath of Dodgers fans.
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
The Dodgers forced a Game 7 Wednesday night with a 3-1 victory in Game 6. Darvish gets the start.