Houston Astros broadcaster Alan Ashby has apologized for his comments after Yu Darvish lost his perfect game on Tuesday with two outs in the ninth inning.
"I'd like to apologize if my comments last night were misinterpreted or construed as insensitive. I have the highest respect for Yu Darvish; he's a great player and his performance last night was outstanding. He showed a great deal of poise in the face of a difficult moment last night, which speaks to the strength of his character."
The comment Ashby made about Darvish was "That’ll force a guy to learn some of the language here in America," as he cursed in the dugout following his removal from the game. I think the whole situation got a little overblown, as it didn't seem like Ashby was inferring that Darvish was somehow a worse person because he prefers not to speak English, but instead that the profanity spilling out of his mouth after he lost the perfect game is something that any foreign player would pick up in a situation like this.
@awfulannouncing PC to the extreme, again....
Ashby is a class act. He tried for a bit of humor and missed. He apologized,because that's what you do now. At least he didn't claim he was hacked.
@awfulannouncing Ashby called Jays games the last few years. He's one of the best. The apology was unnecessary
@awfulannouncing Wasn't aware Texas was in America...
@awfulannouncing - Stupid that he had to apologize. But lousy apology. If you're sorry, be sorry for you action, not mine.
@awfulannouncing He should have said it in Japanese.
I heard it, I thought it was a funny comment. It reminded me of when Ichiro first joined the Mariners Jay Buhner took it upon himself to help Ichiro learn all the swear words.
That wasn't so bad. I think Ashby proves that he's terrible with words, but I understand what he was trying to say.