Yu Darvish suffered two of his toughest losses with the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series, but the Cubs pitcher didn't lose his sense of humor.
After the Astros were assessed with record penalties Monday for sign-stealing in the 2017 and 2018 seasons -- which included their 2017 World Series title against Darvish and the Dodgers -- Darvish tweeted: "If the Dodgers are planning a 2017 World Series parade, I would love to join! So if that is the in the works, can someone make a Yu Garbage Jersey for me?"
The Astros fired manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow on Monday after Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended both men for the entire 2020 season over the sign-stealing scandal. The Astros also were fined $5 million and will forfeit their next two first- and second-round draft picks.
After allowing only two earned runs and striking out 14 in 11 1/3 innings in victories over the Diamondbacks and Cubs in the 2017 National League playoffs, Darvish was tagged for eight earned runs in 3 1/3 innings in two World Series losses to the Astros.
That included a Game 3 loss in which he was charged with four earned runs on six hits in 1 2/3 innings at Minute Maid Park -- where the Astros were found to have stolen signs with the help of a center-field camera.
About a month after the World Series, an unidentified Astros player told Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated that Darvish was tipping his pitches.
It's uncertain how much the World Series debacle affected Darvish's free-agent value. The Cubs signed him to a six-year, $126 million contract shortly before spring training in 2018.
Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow also experienced a rough outing for the Dodgers in that series in Game 5 at Minute Maid Park, allowing four runs on four hits (including two home runs) without retiring a batter in a 13-12 loss.
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