Based on the general response from major leaguers about the ongoing Astros scandal, you might imagine it would be hard for the impacted pitchers to have a sense of humor about the situation. But Yu Darvish is not most pitchers.
Darvish, who was with the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2017 season, is one of the most oft-cited victims of the Astros trash-can banging plot, and while he initially didn’t want to cast blame for his pitching problems on anyone else, now that the Astros have been found guilty, he has wasted no time poking fun at them on social media. He’s even responded with grace and humor when Astros fans harassed him online.
Gorgeous trashcan!— ダルビッシュ有(Yu Darvish) (@faridyu) February 16, 2020
I like it!
After Monday’s practice at the Sloan Park complex, Darvish was asked if he would carry on the good-natured trolling in person as the season began. “Only social media. Not in the clubhouse,” he told reporters. When asked about his history of tweeting, which he used to do solely in Japanese, he said, “I feel people like it. That’s why I keep doing it.”
The whole interview got better from there, though, when Darvish accidentally damaged a reporter’s recorder.
While being interviewed, @faridyu accidentally knocked a recorder out of a reporter's hand.— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) February 24, 2020
"Sorry -- oh," he said as it hit the ground.
Reporter: "It's OK."
Darvish: "How much is it?"
Reporter: "A million dollars."
Darvish: "I’ll go buy it."
We don’t deserve Yu Darvish.