Vicente Padilla fired back at Mark Teixeira Saturday night, telling NESN.com in an interview conducted in Spanish that the Yankee first baseman would "be better off playing a woman's sport" if he can't handle the pressure of playing the major leagues.
"In this sport, as competitive ball players, we get pretty fired up," said the Red Sox reliever. "So I think, maybe, Teixeira picked the wrong profession. I think he'd be better off playing a women's sport."
Padilla and Teixeira have a long history of animosity, dating back to 2005 when Padilla (then pitching for the Phillies) hit Teixeira (who was playing for the Rangers) with a pitch after Teixeira hit two home runs off him. They had more problems as teammates in Texas in 2006 and '07, and after Teixeira hit a game-winning triple off Padilla Friday night, the Yankee first baseman said Padilla "doesn't have a lot of friends in the game." He also accused Padilla of deliberately throwing at batters. (Padilla has hit Teixeira three times over the years.)
On Saturday night, Padilla answered back.
"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."
As for why Teixeira would resurrect the feud, Padilla said: "I just think he's scared to face me. 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."