It was obvious in the moment, and Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill confirmed it after Game 6 of the World Series: he was purposely taking his sweet time when Yuli Gurriel made his first plate appearance.
Hill took offense to Gurriel’s racist gesture directed towards his teammate Yu Darvish in Game 3, so he stepped off the rubber once the player took to the plate so the L.A. fans could boo him a little while longer.
“That’s a subject that’s disheartening and unfortunately, I don’t think the punishment really fits the action,” Hill said of Gurriel’s deferred five-game suspension after the Dodgers’ 3-1 victory.
“And I think that, rightfully so, the fans spoke out and understood what was going on. So I gave them their time to voice their opinion.’’
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Saturday that Gurriel won’t serve his suspension until the start of the 2018 regular season. To far more than just Dodgers fans, that sounds like insufficient punishment, as he’s still able to participate in the World Series.
Luckily for Darvish, he’ll be able to get some revenge tonight, as he’s the Game 7 starter.