World Series: Yu Darvish hands Justin Verlander another Fall Classic loss
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World Series: Yu Darvish hands Justin Verlander another Fall Classic loss

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In the unlikeliest turn of events, Yu Darvish has secured the 2019 World Series MVP award without actually playing in the 2019 World Series. 

No, not really…but the fact of the matter is that the award should belong to Darvish after the incredible burn he delivered to Justin Verlander during Game 2 of the Fall Classic on Wednesday night. 

To fully comprehend the beauty of the roast we have to go all the way back to April of last year, when Verlander took to Twitter to poke fun at Darvish following an amusingly awkward base running blunder by the Cubs pitcher. After Darvish wiped out while rounding second base on a double, Verlander expressed concern that the blooper would reflect poorly on the public’s perception of pitchers as true athletes. 

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Yu…. . Not doing a lot here to help us dispel the pitchers aren’t athletes thing. https://twitter.com/mlb/status/989960917592002560 …MLB@MLBYu should’ve gone for three. 22.2K4:43 PM – Apr 27, 2018Twitter Ads info and privacy3,922 people are talking about this

It seemed like a bit of good-natured ribbing on Verlander’s part — just one pitcher teasing another after a pretty goofy blooper. But apparently Darvish did not forget. Instead, he waited in the shadows and just bided his time until he had the opportunity to strike back. 

That opportunity came Wednesday night, when Verlander did this:

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Justin Verlander tried to make a play while falling down and ended up throwing the ball into his own leg 3,2659:32 PM – Oct 23, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy747 people are talking about this

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Verlander threw the ball into his own leg lol

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Another angle of the Verlander leg throw7789:30 PM – Oct 23, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy127 people are talking about this

It was a valiant effort by Verlander and you’ve got to give him credit for trying, but throwing a baseball into your own leg is going to end in you being mercilessly mocked 100 percent of the time. As such, it should come as no surprise that Verlander became the butt of many jokes.

But the best response came from Darvish, who simply fed Verlander a carbon copy of his own medicine.

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Justin…. . Not doing a lot here to help us dispel the pitchers aren’t athletes thing.https://twitter.com/justinverlander/status/989968340654288896?s=21 … https://twitter.com/cut4/status/1187181634719768576 …Cut4@Cut4Poor JV couldn’t get out of his own way.54.6K10:02 PM – Oct 23, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy10.1K people are talking about this

It took nearly a year-and-a-half but Darvish finally got his sweet revenge and it couldn’t have come in a bigger spot. He seemed quite pleased with how the tables turned.

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https://twitter.com/cut4/status/1187190298696441861 …Cut4@Cut4Yu Darvish had been waiting on this moment for 544 days. 3,11310:21 PM – Oct 23, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy388 people are talking about this

As for Verlander, the return volley from Darvish likely stung a little bit but, unfortunately, it’s the least of his problems at this point. The Astros pitcher gave up four runs in six innings on Wednesday and was tagged with the loss to remain winless in six career World Series starts. More troubling is that the Astros dropped back-to-back home games to open the World Series and will have to head to D.C. in an 0-2 hole.