In former Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar's return to Toronto, he homered in the ninth inning to cut the Jays' lead to 7-5 for his current team, the Rays. But his celebratory motion after crossing home plate drew the ire of his manager, Joe Maddon.
As can been seen in the above picture, Escobar appears to be making a "safe" signal. Keep in mind, this was after the Toronto fans had booed Escobar all afternoon in his first game in Toronto since being traded away in the offseason. And remember, this exit came on really negative terms as he played a game with a homophobic inscription on his eye black last September.
“I love him on this team. I love him in the clubhouse. I love everything about this young man,” Maddon said (TBO.com), “but I still want to talk to him about the reaction after the home run, and I'm certain you're not going to see that again.”
Escobar's defense was that he does this after every home run and it wasn't directed at Toronto or his former teammates. And, actually, check out the 26-second mark of this video from May 9. Escobar isn't lying:
Still, Maddon is the boss and said we aren't going to see it again. One would guess Escobar will fall in line, unless he makes an overly compelling case to Maddon as to why it's a necessary part of his home run trot.
At the very least, it feels particularly unnecessary when his team is losing by two in the ninth. Just get back to the dugout.