TORONTO -- After flying out to end of the fifth inning during Monday night's 3-2 victory over the Yankees, Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar trotted from roughly midway down the first-base line to field his position.
On his way across the diamond, meeting a teammate to pick up his glove, Ecobar began exchanging words with home-plate umpire Jerry Meals. In what felt like a split-second confrontation, Meals pointed his index finger in the air and ejected Escobar from the ballgame.
While it remains uncertain what exactly was said to prompt the ejection, Jays manager Cito Gaston, who was tossed shortly thereafter, was upset that he wasn't given the chance to defend Escobar.
"Absolutely, throw me out -- let him play," Gaston said. "I just couldn't get there quick enough."
Gaston has been ejected three times over the past two years against the Yankees.
"I don't like getting thrown out of games, because you feel like you're getting sent to your room," Gaston said. "I don't like that.
"I don't do it to motivate the team. It's hard to motivate players on this level -- they should be motivated. If you have to motivate somebody every day, they shouldn't be here. They should be motivating themselves."