Commissioner Bud Selig also issued a statement.
“I consistently say that Baseball is a social institution with important social responsibilities and that I expect those who represent Major League Baseball to act with the kind of respect and sensitivity that the game’s diverse fan base deserves,” the statement read.
“Mr. Escobar has admitted that his actions were a mistake and I am hopeful he can use this unfortunate situation as an opportunity to educate himself and others that intolerance has no place in our game or society.”
One Red Sox player was still skeptical about Escobar’s intent.
“There had to be a reason he was wearing that message,” said the player. “Was he trying to send one of us a message? I guess nobody really knows, and if he was, I don’t think anyone really cares.
“I don’t think anyone even noticed it until it came out in the news. So I would say if there was a message he was sending to one of us, he didn’t deliver it very well.”
“It was just a joke,” Escobar said. “It was my idea, but it wasn’t directed at anyone in particular.”