The World Series is off to a hot start. After the Los Angeles Dodgers took the opening game of the series, the Houston Astros have come back to win the following two games and take a series lead.
But it’s the obscene gesture by Yuli Gurriel that people were talking about after the game.
Following a home run against Dodgers pitcher Yu Darivsh, Gurriel found his way back to the bench and appeared to make the gesture while talking to one of his Astros teammates. While his fingers to pull back the sides of his eyes, he mouthed the word “chinito,” a derogatory Spanish word for Asians.
Darvish is from Japan.
On Saturday, the MLB handed out its punishment. Gurriel won’t be forced to miss anytime during the World Series, but he will miss the first five games of the season in 2018.
In a lengthy statement made to reporters in front of his locker, Gurriel expressed remorse for the gesture and said he has nothing but respect for Darvish. Gurriel played for one year in Japan and said that he was never able to have success against him.
Shortly following the news that the punishment had been handed down, the Astros released their own statement supporting MLB’s decision.
After the game in which the incident occurred, Darvish called the gesture disrespectful, but didn’t appear out for blood.
“He made a mistake.” Darvish said. “He’ll learn from it. We’re all human beings.”