The Awesome Way Rich Hill Made Yuli Gurriel Pay For Racist Gesture In Game 6

Bryan Brandom
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Rich Hill was bothered by the actions of Yuli Gurriel in Game 3 of the World Series, when the Houston Astros first baseman made a racist gesture and comment following his home run off Japanese-Iranian pitcher Yu Darvish.

The veteran Los Angeles Dodgers starter did not seek retribution in the form of a welt from one of his pitches. But he did make Gurriel pay—by taking his sweet time during the first baseman’s at-bats in Game 6 to let the LA fans rain boos upon him.

That was in the second inning. Gurriel fouled out. When they met in the fourth, Hill did it again.

Gurriel then flew out to right field.

Following a dinger off Darvish in Game 3, Gurriel did this and said “Chinito,” which translates to “little Chinese.”

Hours after that game, Darvish described the incident as an instructive moment for humanity.

“I didn’t try to offend nobody,” Gurriel said of his actions, through a translator. “I was commenting to my family that I didn’t have any luck against Japanese pitchers here in the United States.”

Gurriel used to play in Japan, and said that in his native Cuba the word “Chino” is used to describe anyone of Asian descent. He was not suspended for any World Series games, but for five games of the 2018 regular season.

After Game 6, a 3-1 Dodgers victory to force Game 7 in which Hill allowed one run over 4.2 innings, the veteran said his stepping off the mound during Gurriel’s at-bats was intentional.