Sep 18, 2012 2:52 AM GMT
DeadspinThe image above comes from Saturday's Blue Jays game, and it shows shortstop Yunel Escobar with the Spanish phrase "Tu Ere Maricon" written on his eyeblack. That translates into English as, "You Are A Faggot." We've tried to come up with a plausible explanation for this. The best we've got is that Yunel lost a bet.
By the way, Escobar sat out Sunday's game with "flu-like symptoms." Maybe that's a nice of way of saying, "Benched for being a dick in public."
We had Escobar here two seasons ago (came up through our farm system), and while I enjoyed his aggressive fielding when he was here, I heard repeatedly among Bravos fans concerned about his immaturity. This is a sign that he still may have a way to go.
One rumor suggests he may have lost a bet with someone and was "forced" to wear it, but that again would reveal his maturity is still wanting. He's almost 30 years old and in his sixth MLB season.
MLB and the Blue Jays team have been investigating:
TORONTO (AP) -- Yahoo! SportsMajor League Baseball is checking reports that Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar played Saturday's game against Boston wearing eye-black displaying a homophobic slur written in Spanish.
Pictures posted online show Escobar with the message written in his eye-black, a sticker players wear under their eyes to reduce glare from the sun.
The slur did not appear to be directed at any person in particular.
MLB spokesman Pat Courtney confirmed the commissioner's office is looking into the reports.
''The club takes this situation seriously and is investigating the matter,'' the Blue Jays said in a statement Monday night, adding they ''do not support discrimination of any kind nor condone the message displayed by Yunel Escobar during Saturday's game.''
The team said Escobar will be available to the media Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium along with general manager Alex Anthopoulos, manager John Farrell and coach Luis Rivera.