Skip to content

Vicente Padilla: Mark Teixeira should play ‘a women’s sport’

Jul 8, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

Vicente Padilla AP

Vicente Padilla fired back at Mark Teixeira after Saturday’s Yankees-Red Sox doublelehader, saying his former Rangers teammate is “scared to face me” and claiming “he’d be better off playing a women’s sport.”

Teixeira said Friday that Padilla “doesn’t have too many friends in the game” and suggested that he be suspended for his head-hunting.

Padilla responded in a Spanish-language interview on NESN:

“The problem is he talks about all the wrong things that others have done, but the things he’s done — against the Latinos [on the Rangers] — he doesn’t open his mouth about,” Padilla said. “He once threatened me and said he was going to hit me with a bat, and that’s when we were playing on the same team.

“And then, he also had problems with Frank Francisco, our closer back then. But he doesn’t talk about that, does he? Then, of course, he goes on and makes those comments about me.”

It sounds like Padilla has some legitimate beefs with Teixeira, but he’s not going into detail here. Plus, whatever the beef, his closing comments won’t go over well.

“In this sport, as competitive ball players, we get pretty fired up,” Padilla said. “So I think, maybe, [Teixeira] picked the wrong profession. I think he’d be better off playing a women’s sport.”

Just a guess here, but Padilla probably doesn’t watch a lot of women’s sports.

  1. rcali - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    It’s obvious that Tex doesn’t like crappy pitchers.

    • plmathfoto - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      Guessing this comes from a Yankee fan that was perfectly happy when Clemens went head hunting.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        Just because someone’s a Yankee fan doesn’t mean they were happy with Clemens’ headhunting.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:04 PM

        Piazza deserved to get beaned, he cried like a little girl and outside of that incident Clemens was never known as a head hunter. Little Mike had to hold a press conference after he got hit with a pitch cause thats how he was. So lets not fib here and pretend Clemens was a known head hunter shall we?

  2. kranepool - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Padilla had me in his corner then lost me with the “women’s sports” crack so far no Red Sox pitchers has come close to dusting Tex this series so maybe Padilla is not the most popular Red Sox player in the clubhouse

  3. chip56 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Could also be that Tex didn’t appreciate the fact that opposing pitchers were hitting him every time Padilla would hit a batter.

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Speaking of women’s sports, maybe someone should remind these two that there’s no crying in baseball.

    • acdc363 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      Its the MOJO RISINNNNN!

  5. stex52 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Maybe they should get those two guys together for a pillow fight. Although I guess it’s better to have a gripe fest through the press than mixing it up on the field.

  6. Kevin S. - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Yeah, Teix went after him in Texas… because his headhunting put the Ranger hitters in danger of retaliation. Padilla wasn’t even following baseball’s ridiculous code of when it’s okay to throw at people, he was taking out his frustrations because he’s an insignificant little pissant. Teixeira is completely correct to call him out on it. Also, gotta love his casual misogyny even as he’s playing the race card. What a scumbag.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      I don’t disagree with you….but with the usual vibe around here regarding plunkings, shouldn’t it be said that his beef should be with those pitchers seeking retaliation?

      • Kevin S. - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:44 PM

        I’m not sure there’s necessarily a “usual vibe” – I’ve always gotten the feeling that there’s a pretty diverse opinion on the subject. That said, whatever the HBT commentariat feels about plunkings, Teix is right that A) headhunting is despicable and B) in addition to the issues with throwing at other batters’ heads, you’re inviting retaliation against your own teammates. Padilla’s given Teix plenty of reason to hate him for both A and B.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        And really, is there any reason you can’t be upset at both the guy throwing at you and your guy for provoking him?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        Of course you can and should be upset at both. It just seems that Tex has singled out Padilla. If he is truly upset about the concept of retaliation, should he not also call out each pitcher who administered a retaliatory plunking? Furthermore, there is a definite anti-plunking vibe on HBT.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

        Tex’s criticism of Padilla goes back to when they were teammates with the Rangers. Tex criticized him then for hitting people, and leaving Tex to get hit in retaliation. He’s made these comments before, and publicly, so not sure why people are acting surprised that Tex would say it.

      • Roger Moore - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:15 PM

        If anything, it seems like a good example of why retaliation isn’t a workable solution to head hunting pitchers like Padilla. Look at the series of events:

        1) Padilla engages in head hunting
        2) Opposing pitchers go after Teixeira to retaliate
        3) Teixeira complains to Padilla about being thrown at
        4) Padilla blows Teixeira off and keeps throwing at any batter who annoys him

        Everything works according to plan until you get to the final step, where the original head hunter is supposed to get the message and back off. The only things that might get his attention are a good long suspension or physical retribution against his person. The indirect approach of going after his teammates has utterly failed.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:17 PM

        Haha….that is an excellent point. I guess the point doesn’t get across with somebody as dense as Padilla.

      • chip56 - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:59 PM

        Nope. If Padilla wasn’t hitting people the way he was then pitchers wouldn’t have been seeking retaliation against Tex and the rest of the Texas hitters. If you were a Rangers’ player back then and Padilla decided to go out and hit Manny Ramirez or someone – you knew that the pitcher on the other team was compelled to hit you – they didn’t start it, but the “unwritten rules” dictated a response.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 8, 2012 at 11:39 PM

        Why? Is not the retaliatory plunking just as wrong as the initial plunking?

    • pisano - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      Kevin S. … I seriously doubt it, but if Padilla went to school maybe Al Sharpton was his teacher, the race card works for AL.

      • dangle13x - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        Wow that is so clever. It’s so witty and impressive how you snuck an Al Sharpton comparison in there. I’ve never heard Al Sharpton brought up on a message board by some incompetent moron before.

  7. astrosfan75956 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Nobody watches women’s sports, otherwise their would be a category for woman’s sports on NBC app. But instead they have a Notre Dame app, whom hasn’t been relevant in decades.

    • dangle13x - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      my eyes just glaze over when anything ND related is reported on.

      • pisano - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:21 AM

        Your eyes need to be blackened, and I love to be the one to do it to you, dick.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:49 AM

        Lighten up, Francis.

  8. kingjoe1 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Women play sports? What network got the broadcast rights to the MCCL (Major Cooking and Cleaning League) ?

    • Kevin S. - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Ha. Ha.


      Trying growing up just a tiny bit.

      • kingjoe1 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:00 PM

        Try developing a sense of humor and look up sarcasm.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:03 PM

        Try telling me what’s funny and sarcastic about “Derp, women compete in cooking and cleaning!” Because where I sit, there’s nothing funny about misogyny.

      • dangle13x - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        Sarcastic or not, your comment is about as cliche and humorless as can be imagined.

      • kingjoe1 - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        dangle13x -and Kevin S – please! you have fun trying to fight a fight that only the ignorant are involved in. I’ll continue to poke fun at the them.

      • bozosforall - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:36 PM

        Poor queenjoe…he’s just tired of how all of his “lady friends” laugh every time he drops trou.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:38 PM

        You really think battling misogyny is something that isn’t worth fighting? That “poking fun” at it in the exact manner that oh so many people would speak while being entirely serious is obviously sarcasm? I have no idea if you were just joking or are just trying to cover your ass after getting called on it, but there’s absolutely nothing funny about what you said, no matter how much you try and make light of it now.

    • yahmule - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      Women deal with all kinds of sexism on the internet, ranging from tired jokes like the one posted above to unbelievably hateful threats that would turn the stomachs of most of the people on this board. Female bloggers have to deal with a level of abusive crap that Padilla and Teixeira can’t even imagine.

  9. pisano - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    “Just a guess here” …. I bet Padilla doesn’t have a whole lot going on upstairs either.

  10. bbk1000 - Jul 8, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    The fans with a small attention span love the DH….yet they don’t understand the ramifications…..

    • Kevin S. - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      Ramifications? The vast majority of pitchers aren’t big enough douchenozzles to put their teammates in the line of fire, which is why Padilla draws so much specific ire. On the flip side, giving up a free base to pitchers – typically automatic outs – seems to insulate them somewhat from direct retaliation. It wasn’t the Mets’ pitcher Terry Collins pulled this spring after Ryan Braun got plunked.

    • dangle13x - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      haha gotta love national league guy sticking up for his side. As if attention span has anything whatsoever to do with the argument. I’m an AL fan, but I appreciate and enjoy NL ball. You however, are an imbecile. Enjoy that.

      • pisano - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:04 PM

        dangle13x…. why don’t you do us all a favor and stick to the NL side of things, you’re real fast to call people moron’s and imbecile’s, but you are a total A$$hole. You’d be better off keeping your thoughts to yourself, as I’m sure no one cares to read them. Jerk.

      • bbk1000 - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        Haha, imbecile?

        That doesn’t sound politically correct….that aside, don’t bet your life on it….

      • bbk1000 - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:55 PM

        I wouldn’t worry about dangleberry…..his responses speak volumes…

    • ptfu - Jul 8, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      Vicente Padilla isn’t a starter this season, so the absence/presence of the DH has nothing to do with it. Relievers don’t hit in either league.

      • bbk1000 - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:52 PM

        I was speaking in general terms….the lack of the DH gives pitchers balls they wouldn’t have otherwise, no pun intended.

  11. randygnyc - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Padilla should take a step back and reevaluate. What will Padilla be remembered for, if at all? Tex? May or may not be on the way to the Hall of Fame as a switch hitting, home run and RBI machine with a silky smooth, gold covered, glove. (yes, I know his BA hasn’t been great nor has he been clutch in the post season)

    • dangle13x - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:10 PM

      Hall of fame? Ha.

      • vallewho - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:54 PM

        double down on your Ha….and I’m a Yankee fan.

  12. mreale77 - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Mark Teixeira is Portuguese American and has roots to the South American country of Guyana, where his grandfather migrated from. I highly doubt he has a beef with “Latino ballplayers” like Vicente says he does, given the fact that he his fairly Latino himself.

    Oh, and telling Mark Teixeira he would have been better off playing women’s sports sounds highly sexist to me, wouldn’t you agree ladies???

    A.J. Pierzynski might be the most disliked player in baseball by the players, but Vicente Padilla is the most disliked player by the FANS.

    Go Yankees!

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      Portuguese are not Latino.

      • djpostl - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        They have been viewed that way ever since the Spaniards & Portuguese conquered South – Central American and brought their blood/ancestry into the area.

        If the link to Portugal is via that region then it’s an accurate use of the term.

      • mreale77 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM

        they are if they move to Latin America

    • bigleagues - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:55 PM

      I think I just witnessed one of the most culturally and historically oblivious quips in the history of the internet. Then again, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, Yankees fans have been issuing statements like the one above for years then sprinting to hide behind the trophies their demigods have won.

      ProTip: It’s the internet. If you are unsure about what you are about to state, at least make the attempt to do some research and either confirm or correct your thoughts.

      ProTip #2: when you make that (failed) attempt to research, it’s helpful if you cite your sources. Particularly when you cut and paste passages from those sources as if you wrote it yourself. And especially if you are cutting and pasting from Wikipedia (see “Early Life”) to support a specious statement.

      OK, so . . . implying that Mark Teixeira is “Latino” because his nickname is “Tex” and he has grandparents from Guyana is like saying that he’s Latino because he was born in Maryland. “Tex”, incidentally was, in fact, born in Maryland and he apparently does have grandparents from Guyana (at least that’s what it says on Wikipedia).

      However, Guyana is not, nor has it ever been, a Latino country. For one, it’s an English speaking country. For two, before it was an English speaking country it was inhabited by Native American tribes.

      And being of Portuguese descent in no way shape or form is the same as being “Latino”. You might as well claim that he is Asian. Either would be equally wrong.

      From all that is available on the internet, the best we can assume is that Mark Teixeira is of Caucasian European ancestry.

      As for whether or not Tex is correct in his assessment of Vicente Padilla? Perhaps. But what I do know for sure is, the Red Sox ended up with the better Firstbaseman (even taking A-Gonz horrendous 1st half into account).

      • bigleagues - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM


        I can only imagine that the 7 thumbs down are for the casual jab I take at Teixeira and not the actual point of my comments . . . which can only mean that at least 7 thin-skinned Yankees fans have read this.

        Interesting stuff.

  13. randygnyc - Jul 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    I never liked Clemens on my team, I’m not the GM. Sometimes you have to root for the jersey and not the player. And I’m one of the guys who doesn’t like pitchers who intentionally throw at ANY players, even the ones wearing Yankees jerseys.

  14. drewzducks - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Does Teixeira know that Joba Chamberlain is on his team?

    • Kevin S. - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      You mean the same Joba Chamberlain who, outside of leading the league in 2009 (also by far his wildest year) has never had more than two HBP in a season?

      • bozosforall - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:18 PM

        You gotta excuse drewsuckz…he’s just another ignorant Boston idiot.

  15. jimeejohnson - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Bottom line here: Red Sox pitching sucks!

    • sabatimus - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      No, bottom line is that Padilla is a moron.

  16. djpostl - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    So this dirtball Padilla’s two “victims” are him and a guy who threw a chair at a woman in the stands.

    Yeah Padilla..I’m sure you’re on to something.

  17. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    How can you suggest a legitimate beef if there are no details?

    • djpostl - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      Or have been viewed as categorically insane by most of baseball for the last half decade?

      Either one applies to Padilla here.

  18. vincentbojackson - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Teixeira has always come off as kind of an a-hole to me. None of this is surprising.

    • djpostl - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Yeah because lord knows Padilla and Frank Francisco have come across as anything other than deranged psychopaths.

      • bigleagues - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:07 PM

        When kept in check, deranged psychopaths can be useful parts of any pitching staff.

        Brett Myers, John Rocker . . . Ricky Vaughn.

  19. djpostl - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    “It sounds like Padilla has some legitimate beefs with Teixeira” lol.

    So a guy who is almost universally regarded as an asshole, head-hunting basket case cites some unsubstantiated instance AND brings in his star “witness”/victim in the form of a guy who once threw a chair into the stands at some fans….and you think that lends itself to “there might be some legitimate beef”?

    Man, you usually are pretty spot on but this is some pathetic rationale.

  20. hateb4logic - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Let’s see: Padilla never won a thing, has been passed around like a whore and he’s giving advice to one of the best players at his position, with a world series ring. Padilla should hablo when he has the guts to pick up a bat and face a pitcher herself. Just a journeygal that gets paid to throw a ball for teams looking to fill out a bullpen. Would love to see Padilla get into a Benitez/Martinez clash.

  21. jmmsr1 - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Wonder what the other village idiot – Bobby V. thoughts are? Oh wait, the idiot doesn’t think

    • bigleagues - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:35 PM

      More idiotbox-style thrashing of Bobby Valentine.


  22. nobody78 - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    With all due respect, you have no idea whether there are “legitimate beefs” or not. I don’t either, but it’s unreasonable and unfair just to take Padilla’s word for it.

    Teixeira’s played with a lot of Latinos. Let’s wait to hear from someone other than Padilla and Francisco – not exactly MLB’s two most upstanding citizens – before we rush to judgment.

  23. rondibjwu - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    I’m a Yankee fan and cannot side with Tex on this one. He is a baby and should just tough it out insteadof whining. Hit more home runs and that will shut Padilla up.

  24. hateb4logic - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Wonder if you liked the way the Yankees chased Benitez into the dugout where Strawberry was waiting for him. Did you think Tino was a baby too. Awfully brave to throw a baseball at 95 mph at a batter. How brave would you be?

    • rondibjwu - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      Gee, I don’t recall Tino complaining or going to the press!

      • hateb4logic - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:11 PM

        Really??? You don’t recall Tino being held back by O’Neill or going on the DL after getting hit? He was asked about it everyday!!! They even tried to pass a rule that the pitcher should be penalized for as many games as the player he hit had to miss.

        You should try watching the game, or finding back up sometime.

  25. hateb4logic - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Tough it out? That’s almost funny. Would you even get into the box against a moron standing 60′ 6″ from you and throwing an object that could end your season, or career. My guess is that any of us would be bailing out on a 79 mph much less a 95 mph fastball (if we got in the box at all).
    As for the just hit more HR’s: a batter that gets a hit ( not to mention an HR ) 30% of the time, makes the Hall of Fame, so who has the advantage, the hitter or the pitcher? Let’s get real.

    The NFL just penalized a team for putting a bounty on hitting players covered in equipment. What do you think a fastball against nothing but skin and bone feels like?

    • rondibjwu - Jul 8, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      Go play a women’s sport, I guess.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. D. Wright (2475)
  2. D. Span (2317)
  3. G. Stanton (2248)
  4. Y. Puig (2209)
  5. J. Fernandez (2163)
  1. G. Springer (1981)
  2. B. Crawford (1958)
  3. M. Sano (1795)
  4. M. Teixeira (1790)
  5. J. Hamilton (1714)