Boston Red Sox reliever Vicente Padilla fired back at Mark Teixeira on Saturday, a day after the New York Yankees first baseman had some strong words for Padilla in a longstanding feud between the two players.
On Friday, Teixeira reignited the war of words between the players, gloating about hitting the go-ahead two-run triple of Padilla in the Yankees’ 10-8 win and saying that Padilla “doesn’t have a lot of friends in the game” because of his tendency to hit opposing batters.
Padilla didn’t take too kindly to that.
“In this sport, as competitive ball players, we get pretty fired up,” Padilla told NESN’s Didier Morais on Saturday, in a Spanish-language interview. “So I think, maybe, [Teixeira] picked the wrong profession. I think he’d be better off playing a women’s sport.”
The bad blood between Teixeira and Padilla goes back to 2005, when Teixeira, then with the Texas Rangers, hit two homers off Padilla, who was then pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies. Padilla later plunked Teixeira in the game. And he hit Teixeira two other times after that incident.
So the usually stoic and reserved Teixeira seemed to enjoy his game-winning hit over his nemesis on Friday.
“The guy throws at people, fact of the matter,” Teixeira said, according to ESPN. “I’m not saying anything that is news. It is what it is. … Some guys decide to take matters into their own hands. In the NFL, he would probably be suspended by Roger Goodell eight games or a whole season. This is baseball.”
The feud even continued when the two were later teammates in Texas. Padilla told NESN that Teixeira once threatened to hit him with a bat while in Texas.
Padilla also defended his style of pitching, noting that he has only hit one batter this season after plunking 107 over the previous 14 seasons of his career.
“I just think he’s scared to face me,” Padilla said. “I don’t throw at people to hit them on purpose. I throw inside, and I’ve always thrown inside. It’s not my problem if the ball hits someone. I’m worried about throwing strikes, and I’m going to keep playing my game.”