And the answer is, "no, we shouldn't be...it's kinda childish."
Which makes what Kansas City Royals catcher Humberto Quintero did Saturday to teammate Bruce Chen all the more childish, or, if you will...innappropriate.
As the story goes, Royals pitcher Bruce Chen, a native Panamanian of Chinese descent, was being interviewed by FOX announcers Kenny Albert and Tom Verducci when Quintero, a native of Venezuela, popped up behind him and made a "slanted eyes" gesture.
But, I guess it could have been worse.
You see, the Royals and the Pirates were both in throwback mode Saturday, but they weren't donning old Major Leagus unis. They were wearing those of the Kansas City Monarchs and Homestead Grays...two of the greatest Negro League teams ever.
So, as bad as the "slanted eyes" gesture is/was...it's probably best that Quintero opted to go with that rather than bust out the shoe polish and stroll up to the plate in blackface.
***Tip o' the cap to Big League Stew for the image.***