Friday night was Game 3 of the World Series. It was also the night Houston took a 2-1 lead in said series. Astros’ first baseman Yulieski Gurriel started the scoring with a solo shot in the second inning off a starter Yu Darvish.

But that’s not what everyone’s going to be talking about anymore. And Gurriel only has himself to blame.

Following his home run, a clip of Gurriel making a racist gesture towards Darvish—while muttering a slur—surfaced.



This wasn’t mentioned during the broadcast, but it became the talk of Game 3 afterwards. Gurriel’s apology offered little in the way of remorse, however. Instead, it reads as someone who is embarrassed that they got caught:

“I did not mean it to be offensive at any point… Quite the opposite. I have always had a lot of respect [for Japanese people]. … I’ve never had anything against Darvish. For me, he’s always been one of the best pitchers. I never had any luck against him. If I offended him, I apologize. It was not my intention.”