The 2017 World Series ended with the Houston Astros claiming their first championship title, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers with a score of 5-1. It was nice that they had won for the first time in the franchise’s history, but the victory was quite bittersweet following an incident involving Yuli Gurriel, the first baseman for the Astros, and Yu Darvish, the starting pitcher for the Dodgers. In a broadcast video from the SB Nation website, Gurriel, who is Cuban, made a racist gesture towards Darvish, who is part Japanese, by stretching his eyes narrowly and calling the pitcher a “chinito,” or “little Chinese boy.” Gurriel received criticism for his behavior from baseball fans, along with the Asian and Hispanic communities. As someone who is part Japanese and Spanish, this incident was personally offensive and disappointing. Gurriel is one of many representing the Hispanic community in an American sports league, bringing in diversity that is good to see. However, to see him mock someone for his ethnicity or race is disgraceful. He misrepresented the community and his team during this incident. Darvish did not deserve to go through this unfortunate experience. It really does hurt to be mocked, stereotyped or judged by other people for being different. It is an experience that no one deserves to endure. It is also intolerable to see anyone doing this type of behavior to others since they know it is wrong, but they do it anyway. There was no reason for this incident to have happened. Darvish addressed the incident on Twitter in Oct. 28: “No one is perfect. That includes both you and I. What he had done today isn’t right, but I believe we should put our effort into learning rather than accuse him. If we can take something from this, that is a giant step for mankind… Let’s stay positive and move forward instead of focusing on anger. I’m counting on everyone’s big love.” Major League Baseball took action by suspending Gurriel for the first five games in the 2018 season, rather than suspending him in the World Series. This decision was unfair; he should have served his suspension immediately by missing at least one game or missing the rest of the finals. That way, he would have realized the error of his ways and the MLB would have sent a message to its other players that the behavior was unacceptable, especially during important games. Plus, other American sports leagues have suspended players during championship games and for the remainder of a season for various reasons. The National Basketball Association suspended Draymond Green, the power forward for the Golden State Warriors, after a flagrant foul against Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James during Game 4 in the 2016 finals. The National Hockey League suspended Aaron Rome, who played defense for the Vancouver Canucks, for the rest of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals after he hit and injured Nathan Horton, the right-wing for the Boston Bruins, in Game 3. The National Football League suspended Brandon Browner, then-cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, for the rest of the 2013 season, along with the Super Bowl, after a failed drug test. Gurriel at least apologized for his behavior. However, he should have known better than to behave that way. He did not deserve to relish in the team’s greatest achievement and continue playing this season.
On Nov. 3, FDU senior Ronald Madlinger stylishly strutted to his first class in Hennessy Hall, wearing a distinctive navy blue collared Clear Fin Clothing polo shirt. Madlinger is a brand ambassador and model for the philanthropic athletic apparel brand, Clear Fin Clothing, which specializes in men’s and women’s sports apparel.
The brand has a variety of colors and apparel like hats, shorts and polo shirts. It also has innovative products like clip-under buttons for polos to hang sunglasses. Clear Fin Clothing is making strides in the athletic apparel industry, becoming a true “powerhouse.”
“This Clear Fin Clothing polo shirt was made specifically for the 2017 Connecticut Open. Clear Fin’s polo shirts are extremely comfortable, great for a day at school, on the golf course and even a night out,” said Madlinger, a psychology major.
Clear Fin Clothing is partnered with Shark Angels, an organization that works to protect sharks and stop shark fin trade.
“I believe there is a negative connotation towards sharks, which leads to the mass killing. By partnering with a dedicated group, we are working to change that message and protect a species that dates back to the age of the dinosaurs,” said Clear Fin Clothing creator, Vincent Senerchia.
The 24-year-old Florham Park resident founded Clear Fin Clothing in September 2013.
At the time, Senerchia was a junior business management major at Curry College and considered Clear Fin Clothing to be a “hobby.”
“The will to pursue my passion is what inspired me to create Clear Fin Clothing in college,” he said. “I interned with the Adidas Group at a subsidiary company of theirs, Rockport. I had the opportunity to observe a presentation from the CEO of Adidas at the time. After that presentation, I became positive that I wanted to build a global sports apparel brand, as Adidas has built.”
Senerchia believes that Clear Fin is essential for college students due to its relevance.
“I made my first clothing line (golf polos) in college for the student who couldn’t afford a $70 polo but really wanted that exceptional quality/fabric,” he said.
Senerchia acknowledged that he had been fascinated with sports, especially uniforms, ever since he was a child.
As he grew older and began to work and intern in the retail and sports markets, he said, “I became aware of the environment I wanted to work in. Creating different products that will be worn by people all over the world is a very exciting feeling.”
In addition, his school’s emphasis on internships allowed him to receive tremendous insight into running a business and how various industries operate in order for him to properly create and maintain Clear Fin Clothing.
In March 2016, Senerchia revamped Clear Fin and began to work on it full-time.
As a result, Senerchia has received a number of accolades. He plans to expand into a more diversified collection in the coming months.
In August, Clear Fin Clothing was the official apparel provider for the Connecticut Open, the 3rd largest WTA event held in the world, part of the U.S. Open Series.
“This event provided Clear Fin with international brand exposure in media outlets, as well as physical presence,” said Senerchia.
Senerchia’s overall goal for Clear Fin Clothing is to become a globally trusted brand that stands for an important mission other than simply creating apparel – protecting sharks.
Senerchia also advises college students interested in pursuing a career in fashion or building their own brand.
“Seek internships in fields that are of interest to you and learn from everyone in that company. College goes by too fast – explore your passions,” said Senerchia.