Derek Holland went on MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk” show with Kevin Millar and Chris Rose yesterday and embarrassed himself and everyone else involved in a racially insensitive segment.
Holland appeared with Giants team massage therapist Haro Ogawa, bowing at him and saying “much respect” several times. Millar offered up a “konichiwa!” greeting. Ogawa was basically a prop for Holland, who repeatedly called Ogawa his “hype man.” Ogawa is apparently close with Holland and he was apparently in on the joke, but trafficking in crappy Asian stereotypes on national television, as opposed to goofing around together in private, makes for a pretty bad joke no matter who was in on it.
After it aired, the Giants issued a statement saying that the organization does not approve of Holland’s behavior on the broadcast and passed along Holland’s apologies “if anyone was offended,” which isn’t much of an apology of course.
Not a good look at all for Holland. Or for Millar, Rose or MLB Network for that matter.