This has been a World Series for the ages.
The back and forth between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros in Game 5 was nothing short of epic. The 13-12 slugfest featured nine home runs (NINE!), and the coolest part was it went into extra innings. Major League Baseball’s brass should be basking in the after-glow of a game that should be remembered as an instant classic.
Unfortunately, it has been overshadowed by the racist gesture seen ’round the world — and the lame punishment that followed.
Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel has been suspended for five games as punishment after making a racist gesture to Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish during Game 2 of the World Series. Too bad that suspension takes place NEXT season instead of during the World Series.
If y’all are mad about the toothless suspension itself, get a load of Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred’s explanation. The commish said he didn’t think it would be fair to penalize the rest of the Astros by suspending Gurriel during the World Series.
Uh last I checked, isn’t penalizing the team the point of such a punishment — hell, ANY punishment? What a bullshit explanation for such a bullshit “punishment”.
And ya know what the messed-up part about that was? Gurriel hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning that not only tied the game at 4, but gave the Astros the momentum it sorely needed to get back into — and later WON — the game.
That’s right, America: your boy Manfred’s cowardly decision to not suspend Gurriel the rest of the World Series may have tipped the championship toward the Astros. I’m sure the commish had to be thrilled over that.
Manfred better hope and pray the Dodgers come back and win the World Series. Otherwise his ass cannot ever be seen in southern California again…