Yunel Escobar ejected after insulting ump with infield drawing

Chris Cwik
Yunel Escobar ejected after insulting ump with infield drawing
Yunel Escobar ejected after insulting ump with infield drawing

Baseball has seen its fair share of ejections over the years. Usually, it’s due to a manager or player protesting a call. Sometimes, it’s due to a pitcher intentionally throwing at another player.

On Sunday, a player was ejected for something we’ve never seen before. Los Angeles Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar was thrown out of a contest after drawing a picture in the infield.

Allow us to try and set the stage. It was the bottom of the seventh inning, and Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis was at the plate. On the 1-1 pitch, Davis checked his swing. The umpire ruled he didn’t go, and the count moved to 2-1.

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Before the next pitch, umpire Tim Timmons signaled to Escobar, who was at short due to an infield shift, and ejected him from the game. At first, no one could figure out what the heck happened.

Turns out, after Davis had checked his swing, Escobar started to draw something in the infield dirt at short. Eventually, it was determined that Escobar had drawn an exaggerated home plate on the field in order to help the ump properly see the zone.

We have to say, that’s a new one for us. And while it’s a jerk move, it’s at least creative and a little funny.

After the game, Escobar didn’t see it that way.

You can fill in those blanks at your own risk.

In 2012, Escobar was suspended three games by Major League Baseball after writing a gay slur in Spanish on his eye black strips and wearing them during a game. Escobar said it was just a joke at the time. The 33-year-old has played on five different teams over 10 years in the majors, and has been traded in each of the past two years.

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