While Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar wore eye black on Saturday with the words "tu ere maricon" written on them, after a little digging we've discovered eye black is not part of Escobar's regular uniform. In fact, he almost never wears it. Scanning hundreds of images of Escobar this season, I found only one other instance of him with eye black: An Aug. 29 game against the New York Yankees.
The photos I've found aren't super clear, but it looks like the eye black says "K pinga no." "Pinga" is the Spanish word for "penis." Why on earth would someone write "no penis" on his eye black?
Something's obviously afoot with Escobar. To never wear eye black, then to make two bizarre, off-putting (to say the least) statements the two times in a season he wears it reveals a strange character. So that's another possibility.
On Toronto sports radio today, fans and host Jeff Blair were calling for Escobar to be traded, or at the very least suspended for the rest of the Blue Jays' lowly season.
One hot topic today was also the role Escobar's teammates played in the eye black message. Did one of them write it on his face? Did they notice it and let him walk out of the locker room? Were they laughing? Given how rare the eye black is on Escobar, it's impossible to believe teammates -- and maybe the team manager -- noticed something was different. Why did they not say something? Hopefully the Blue Jays press conference will reveal more.
Compilation photos: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE, Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE, Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE, Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US
Eye black photo: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE