In the top of the ninth inning of today’s loss to the Blue Jays, Yunel Escobar hit a 2-run home run that pulled the Rays within two. But it is what he did after the home run that left some people angry.
Escobar, as he was crossing home plate, made the “safe” sign in the direction of the fans. It was a move that Escobar makes after most home runs. However, this one felt a bit more emphatic considering the score and probably done in response to the boos he heard all afternoon.
The move may have been justified. But it is also easy to see why the Blue Jays, and even Joe Maddon, would not appreciate the move. And what you don’t want is for the wrong person or team to be offended and seek retribution. Because even if they are out of line, that is little consolation when a Rays player is on the DL with a broken wrist.
In the end, it just seems like a bit of a show-boat gesture that didn’t need to be done. In fact, Maddon told the media after the game that he would talk with Escobar and that we won’t see the gesture again…