"I didn't want to offend anybody. I deeply regret it", Gurriel said in a statement. "Quite the opposite. I have always had a lot of respect [for Japanese people]". He is the first baseman for the Houston Astros and is from Cuba. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he was made aware of the gesture.
Gurriel was in the dugout in the second inning after hitting one out of the park off Yu Darvish when he set his sights on Dodgers pitcher, who is from Japan.
Gurriel's racist gesture toward Darvish has also brought up Cleveland's offensive Chief Wahoo logo.
Darvish was born to a Japanese mother and an Iranian father. But Major League Baseball doesn't have time for such an inquiry. If the Major League Baseball imposes no punishment on Gurriel for them, the implicit message will be that they are. I've never had anything against Darvish.
IT WAS THE FIRST GAME OF THE WORLD SERIES ever won by an Astros team in their hometown of Houston, and for that reason alone the night seemed electric, beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime.
Yuli Gurriel and Yu Darvish. Plus, I know in Japan that offends them.
He added that he would be open to speaking with Darvish about what happened and to apologize. "He expressed remorse. I met with him today". "I think he's one of the best pitchers in Japan, and I never had success against him". If he was offended, I ask for his forgiveness.
Gurriel said he was relieved to have hit the home run since he previously had struggled to hit Darvish. Indeed, he says that they come from a place of "ignorance", and that Gurriel was right to apologize for them.
"Manfred said", I wanted the burden of this discipline to fall primarily on the wrongdoer. Gurriel said so himself.
There is precedent for a suspension. Matt Joyce of the Oakland Athletics and the Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar were both suspended for two games this season after using gay slurs in separate incidents, so there's already some precedent for the commissioner to take action. Gurriel will not miss any time during the World Series, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.
"No one is flawless".
"Acting like that, you just disrespect all the people around the world", he said in Japanese through a translator. "What Gurriel did isn't right, but I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him".