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  • Yuli Gurriel hit a huge home run early in Game 3 of the World Series off of Yu Darvish.
  • Back in the dugout, Gurriel was caught on camera making a gesture that some interpreted as a “slant eyes.”
  • The commissioner is expected to meet with Gurriel on Saturday and will consider discipline.

The Houston Astros took a 2-1 lead in the World Series thanks in large part to a home run from first baseman Yuli Gurriel. But it was what Gurriel did after the home run that has many people angry.

Gurriel led off the second inning with a huge home run off of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead. Back in the dugout, MLB’s international feed focused on Gurriel when he appeared to mock Darvish, who is half Japanese and half Iranian, with what looked like a “slant eyes” gesture.

Here is the video, via ESPN:

Gurriel apologized after the game.

“I did not mean it to be offensive at any point,” Gurriel said through an interpreter. “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.”

Gurriel, who is Cuban, also admitted to using the term “chinito” while making the gesture, noting that it is a common term used in Cuba to refer to people of Asian descent. The word literally translates to “little Chinese boy.” Gurriel acknowledged that the term is considered offensive in Japan

According to Tyler Kepner of the New York Times, Major League Baseball officials will interview Gurriel about the gesture and will “consider discipline.” Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times says Gurriel is expected to meet with Commissioner Rob Manfred on Saturday and that he will then decide on any discipline.

After the game, Astros manager A.J. Hinch was asked about the gesture and said Gurriel is “remorseful” and will issue a statement.

“I am aware of it,” Hinch said. “The game just ended. I’ve barely been briefed on it. I think he’s going to have a statement. I know he is a remorseful, but other than that, I don’t know a lot.”

Darvish was asked about the gesture and called it “disrespectful,” but also seemed to be forgiving.

“[It was] disrespectful,” Darvish said. “He made a mistake. He’ll learn from it. We’re all human beings.”

Gurriel did play in Japan during the 2014 season.

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