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Houston, we have a problem – Darvish incident overshadows WS win for Astros

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The LA Dodgers were poised to have a chance of winning the most important game of the series last night and didn’t. Yu Darvish really didn’t have his best game, and just a few games ago, he was the target of a vicious racial slur that the MLB did nothing about. This is 2017 and this is Major League Baseball, I could just see if the roles were reversed and there was a black player that was made fun of, the world would have come crashing in on the player that did that, and he most assuredly would have been suspended on the spot.

The commish of baseball, Rob Manfred, made an executive decision to suspend Astros player, Yuli Gurriel, in April of 2018. What good did that do for the game, win or lose for either team. That is the problem with these types of incidents. Darvish was made to be a person who was shamed in front of 50,000 people and by a player who shouldn’t have had the chance to play anymore games in the World Series after he did what he did.

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Gurriel faced boos from the LA crowd upon his appearance to the plate. He then tipped his cap to Darvish in an attempt to say, “I’m sorry.” Sorry doesn’t cut it in this situation. Gurriel should have never been on the field for this Game 7.

Had the Dodgers won last night, this racial incident would have slipped quietly under the MLB’s doormat of issues. They didn’t though, and it was a very uncomfortable moment in this game when Darvish had to face Gurriel after what he had done. An example how incorrect decisions of the MLB top office has been changing this game, it changed the momentum of this Game 7.

Postgame, there was a Puerto Rican flag on the field for the Astros celebration. Who was that on the Astros that decided to bring that out? Puerto Rico is an island that Christopher Columbus landed at hundreds of years ago in it’s discovery, and the same place that just went through a terrible Cat 5 Hurricane – but I don’t see the connection of having their flag on the field. Imagine if every player carried the flag out from where they were from, we’d have a sea of flags on the field.

Houston you won the World Series, but in the terms of a quality win, you and the fans who laughed at the stupidity of Yuli Gurriel at Minute Maid Park at Yu Darvish’s expense failed and lost in the most basic area of human decency.

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