Houston first baseman Yuli Gurriel contributed to the win with a home run early on. Yet the homer is not the act most people will remember from him -- rather, that would be what he did in the dugout afterward. That's because Gurriel, who played in Japan in 2014, appeared to mock Yu Darvish's ethnicity by placing his fingers outside of his eyes and pulling. Here's the gesture:
Gurriel mocking Darvish?? pic.twitter.com/DsHz12HT3O— You (@CoIIier) October 28, 2017
You'll notice Gurriel appears to say the word "chinito," which loosely translates to "little Chinese boy" in Spanish. That's not technically a slur, but combining it with the act makes it hard to draw any conclusion other than Gurriel was being insensitive -- and, at minimum, borderline hateful. Gurriel himself seems to know as much, too:
Yuli Gurriel (through a translator) to reporters in Houston about his gesture after he hit a home run off Yu Darvish: pic.twitter.com/nC7K4uKeZp— Joshua Thornton (@JoshuaThornton_) October 28, 2017
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