Astros’ Yuli Gurriel apologizes for racist gesture after homer off Dodgers’ Yu Darvish

first_img Dodgers call late audible, move Kiké Hernández to left, Joc Pederson to DH for Game 3 Before he was asked about anything he did on the field Friday night, Gurriel was asked several questions about what he did in the dugout.“I didn’t mean to do anything offensive,” he said through an interpreter.Asked if he felt compelled to speak to Darvish, he said yes.“Of course I want to talk to him,” Gurriel said. “I think he’s one of the best pitchers in Japan and I’ve never had success against him.“If he feels offended, I want to apologize to him.” HOUSTON — There are 360 security cameras stationed in Minute Maid Park for the World Series. That does not include the still cameras or the video cameras owned by the media credentialed to capture every moment on film.Sitting in the third-base dugout in the second inning of Game 3 on Friday, Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel was exposed on camera making a racist gesture.Gurriel had just hit a home run against Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish. The Cuban-born slugger smiled and pressed his fingers against the side of his eyes. He appeared to mouth the word Chinito – Spanish slang for a Chinese person.Related Articles Video: Is Astros’ Yuli Gurriel making racist gesture about Dodgers’ Yu Darvish? Gurriel went on to explain the gesture as an act of celebration after homering against Darvish, who had dominated their previous meetings. He was 1 for 7 with a single against Darvish before Friday. He said he didn’t realize the gesture, and the term, could be construed as offensive until someone pulled him aside and explained the connotations in the United States.He said that in Cuba, the term Chino is used to refer to all people of Asian descent.“When I was in Japan, I didn’t know that was offensive to them and they don’t like that,” Gurriel said. “I didn’t mean to do it.”Gurriel, 33, played professionally in Cuba from 2001-14. He was loaned to Japan for the 2014 season, where he played 62 games for the Yokohama Bay Stars. The Astros signed Gurriel in July of last year to a five-year, $47.5 million contract, after he had defected from Cuba the previous February, so this is his first full season of professional baseball in the United States.Astros utility player Marwin Gonzalez, whose locker is next to Gurriel’s, vouched for his teammate’s accountability.“He’s good with everybody,” Gonzalez said. “He gets along with everybody.”Astros manager A.J. Hinch added that Gurriel was “remorseful.”In spite of the mea culpa, Darvish told Japanese reporters in his native language that he felt Gurriel deserved to be punished for his actions Friday.“I feel like of course Houston has Japanese fans and Asian fans all over the place,” Darvish said through his interpreter. “Acting like that, he just disrespected people all around the world. That’s not OK.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who was born to a Japanese mother and an African-American father, hadn’t seen the clip of Gurriel by the time he addressed reporters after the game, but he called it “surprising.”Darvish said through his interpreter that “nobody’s perfect and everybody’s different. We just have to learn from it. He made a mistake. He has to learn from it. We are all human beings. That’s what I’m saying. Learn from it and we have to move forward.”MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who is in Houston for the World Series, planned to speak to Gurriel on Saturday. Photos: Dodgers vs. Astros in World Series Game 3 from Houston Dodgers can’t overcome rough start, lose Game 3 to Astros Whicker: Dodgers follow Yu Darvish into Game 3 oblivion center_img Whicker: Cody Bellinger’s mini-slump typifies Dodgers’ frustration Dodgers’ Dave Roberts a ‘pillar’ as baseball tries to rebuild African Americans’ interest WATCH: Relive the best Dodgers 2017 World Series moments Staff writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this story. Darvish was born in Japan to an Iranian father and Japanese mother. The racial subtext to the gesture, and the apparent slur, was not lost on those who viewed the clip on social media. The camera had caught Gurriel in the act. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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