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What Cameras Covering World Series Caught On Live TV That Has Fans Fuming

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Everyone was enjoying an exciting World Series when one minor incident that would have gone entirely unnoticed if not for an over-saturation of television cameras threw the entire affair into disarray.

Sure, the rest of the series is still going to be fun for fans, but in today’s hyper-politicized atmosphere who ends up winning will pale in comparison to the fact that Major League Baseball has joined the NFL as a platform to wail about racism.

I am, of course, referring to Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel celebrating his Game 3 home run by making squinty eyes to mock Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, who is Japanese.

Gurriel didn’t make the gesture at Darvish directly. He did it back in the dugout, presumably out of sight of cameras.

But, you can’t escape the cameras these days.

Gurriel, despite later publicly regretting his behavior, has been slapped with a five-game suspension at the start of next season.

There are a couple of take-aways from this episode that the NFL would be wise to take note of.

First, Gurriel is Cuban and Darvish, as noted, is Japanese, demonstrating that it’s not only white males who sometimes make the unfortunate decision to exhibit racism.

Second, Darvish very quickly put the matter to bed by publicly forgiving Gurriel. That’s because Darvish, presumably like most players and fans, would rather get on with the business of playing baseball, and not have the next season be all about race issues.

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