Gurriel, 33, was born in Cuba. "I would also like to apologize to the Dodgers organization, the Astros, Major League Baseball and to all fans across the game".
Gurriel, a Cuban player, later apologized for his actions and comments. And Gurriel only has himself to blame. But this too permitted multiple interpretations. According to this interpretation, the Two Things meant something like: Wow, isn't it wonderful?! I never had any luck against him.
"Last, when I originally began thinking about the discipline, I thought that delaying the suspension would allow the player the opportunity to exercise his rights under the grievance procedure". If that's what Gurriel was trying to communicate, why, one wonders, did he also pull back his eyelids? "On the contrary, he's always been one of the best pitchers".
"As teammates, we joke about stuff like that", Darvish said.
Beyond what Gurriel intended, though, there's also the question of context, and here we find valuable counsel in the words of Los Angeles Times writer Dylan Hernandez.
Gurriel was seated in the dugout when he appeared to make a "slant eyes" gesture.
Darvish, on the other hand, was measured in his approach.
Gurriel said Friday that he wanted to meet with Darvish to express his regret. "It's not okay." His meaning was clear: That was racist.
"I feel like, of course, Houston has Asian fans and Japanese fans, and Asian fans live all over the place", Darvish said. "Let's stay positive and move forward instead of focusing on anger". We don't call them Japanese or Chinese.
"In the moment, I didn't want to offend him or nobody in Japan because I have a lot of respect for them and I played in Japan", he said, adding that, "I didn't mean to do it". This is his first season of professional baseball in the United States. The commissioner said they were unanimous that Gurriel's actions were indefensible.
Gurriel was born in Cuba and played there and in Japan in 2014 before coming to Major League Baseball past year. And they are not.
Gurriel said he was aware that "Chinito" is regarded as a slur among the Japanese.
In announcing the suspension, the commissioner offered four reasons why Gurriel would not be forced to miss any time for the remainder of the World Series. Would that be an easy thing to endure? We are all human beings. And in the end, that is the only team that truly matters.