So I'm sure you've all seen that the bigot that plays shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays got a three game suspension for writing a derogatory message about homosexuals on his eye-black. I'm glad he got suspended. These sort of things have no place in society, let alone a baseball field. I hope Escobar learns a lesson, but seeing that he went out on a Major League baseball field with this garbage on his face for the world to see, it's likely he doesn't care because he's a horrible person or so incredibly stupid that the situation is beyond comprehension. Honestly, it might be too much to ask someone who advertises his bigotry to then be introspective...
But, I do have a problem with the suspension. It's too short.
Consider the case of John Rocker. We all remember Rocker, the mind-numbingly dumb 'roid-head from Atalanta that got suspended for making insensitive comments to an SI reporter. As a refresher, here are his comments:
He allegedly called Randall Simon a "fat monkey." He said that "Asian women" were "bad" at driving. And he disliked New York because of the fans, all of "the foreigners" and that riding the train was like "riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids."
Those comments are pretty bad. Although, in hindsight, not as bad as the media firestorm that followed. And not as bad as the initial punishment - suspended for the entire pre-season and the first 28 games of the season. He later won an appeal and the suspension was reduced significantly to only 14 games. However, that was still almost five times longer than Escobar's, who wore a gay slur ON HIS FACE DURING A GAME. [Sorry about the CAPS but I had to point out again how absurd this is...]
Of course, this isn't the first time MLB has ignored or excused some bigoted remarks.
Ozzie Guillen got suspended five games this year for saying, "I love Fidel Castro ... I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that motherf**ker is still here." We all know Castro is a monster, but suspended for potentially having an incorrect political opinion? Done solely to appease the Cuban population in Miami. This was a PR suspension. I mean, Guillen called reporter Jay Mariotti a [f-word] [other f-word] and didn't get suspended. Huh?
Torii Hunter said that dark-skinned Latino ballplayers were "not black" and that they were "impostors" who will work for "a bag of chips" so they take roster spots from African Americans. That's nice. Of course, Hunter didn't get suspended because he's a nice guy, or something.
White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham wrote "Getz is gay" on the infield dirt earlier this season. No suspension because, you know, he was sorry, or something.
So, Rocker gets a 2 month suspension for being an insensitive, narrow-minded a-hole while giving an interview. Cole Hamels gets 5 games for hitting Bryce Harper. Ozzie Guillen gets 5 games for friend requesting Castro on Facebook. But Escobar only gets three games?
C'mon MLB, get your act together. Sit this guy down for 10 games and show your players that you're not going to accept this type of behavior.