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later tweeted a call for his fans to “stay positive and move forward instead of focusing on anger.”
“No one is perfect. That includes both you and I,” Darvish wrote. “What he had done today isn’t right, but I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than to accuse him.”
Fans praised the pitcher’ response, but many were unimpressed with Gurriel’s apology.
Actor Daniel Dae Kim sarcastically mocked Gurriel insisting that he didn’t mean to offend anyone.
“Yes, because we all know that doing this to an Asian is a universal sign of respect,” Kim tweeted.
The MLB has recently suspended players caught using slurs. Toronto’s Kevin Pillar and Oakland’s Matt Joyce were each banned for two games this season after making anti-gay comments.
Gurriel’s home run kicked off a four-run burst in the second inning that sent Darvish to the shortest start of his career. Game 4 of the World Series will be Saturday night when Charlie Morton starts for Houston. Left-hander Alex Wood will pitch for the Dodgers.
CORRECTION (Oct. 28, 1:45 p.m. ET): A previous version of this article misspelled the middle name of an actor. His name is Daniel Dae Kim, not Daniel Day Kim.