By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Author
HOUSTON (AP) – Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel is facing possible punishment after making a racist gesture during the World Series.
Gurriel said he didn’t intend to anger Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish when he pulled on the corners of his eyes after homering versus him throughout Houston’s 5-3 win in Video game 3 on Friday night.
“I didn’t attempt to offend no one,” Gurriel stated in Spanish through a translator. “I was commenting to my household that I didn’t have any luck against Japanese pitchers here in the United States.”
Gurriel, a 33-year-old from Cuba, made the gesture shortly after homering to begin Houston’s four-run second inning. While being in the dugout, Gurriel put his fingers to the side of his eyes and said “chinito” – a derogatory Spanish term that translates literally to “little Chinese.”
Darvish was born in Japan to a Japanese mom and Iranian daddy.
An individual with understanding of the scenario told The Associated Press the league intends to speak with Gurriel. The individual spoke with the AP on condition of anonymity since the league had not openly resolved the matter. Gurriel may be penalized, consisting of a possible suspension throughout the World Series.
The league has actually recently suspended players captured utilizing slurs. Toronto’s Kevin Pillar and Oakland’s Matt Joyce were each prohibited for two video games this season after making anti-gay remarks.
Gurriel stated the derogatory term is utilized commonly in Cuba to refer to Asian individuals. He stated he understands the Japanese are angered by it since he played in Japan in 2014.
“In the moment, I didn’t wish to upset him or no one in Japan because I have a great deal of regard for them and I played in Japan,” he stated, including that, “I didn’t imply to do it.”
Darvish played expertly in Japan from 2005-11 prior to joining the Texas Rangers in 2012. He was traded to the Dodgers at this year’s July 31 trade due date. He was mad about exactly what took place.
“Acting like that, you just disrespect all individuals all over the world,” he stated in Japanese through a translator.
Gurriel wants to consult with Darvish about what happened.
“Yes, obviously. I want to talk with him since I have absolutely nothing against him,” he said. “I think he is among the best pitchers in Japan, and I never ever had success versus him. … If he felt offended, I wish to apologize to him.”
Gurriel invested 15 years in the Cuban professional league and played in Japan for a year before signing with the Astros last season. Gurriel homered and doubled in Video game 3 and is batting.346 in the postseason.
“I know he’s remorseful,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said.
Some of Darvish’s former teammates with the Rangers called out Gurriel for his actions on Twitter. Pitcher Jake Diekman used an emoji to call the gesture trash, and outfielder Ryan Rua said “truly hope that gesture from Gurriel wasnt directed towards Yu … no location for that.”
Darvish hopes the event can be a learning experience.
“Nobody’s perfect and everybody is different and then … we just … need to gain from it,” he stated. “Then he slipped up then we’re simply going to gain from it. We are all people. That’s what I’m stating, so just gain from it and we’ve got to go forward, progress.”
AP Baseball Author Ronald Blum contributed to this report.
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