A Serious Charge

Vicente Padilla just accused someone of racism while making a sexist comment. In an interview on NESN, Padilla said the following about Mark Teixeira:

“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. 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.”

Padilla may not have realized it, but by saying “against the Latinos” he has turned this into a racial issue. Hopefully, someone will ask him to clarify these comments and ask Teixeira about them. It’s a serious accusation.

Sadly, Padilla also felt the need to demean women in his comments. He added the following:

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

You know who I would love to hear comment about this? I would love to hear Nomar’s thoughts about these comments. Nomar is an ex-Red Sox of course, but he also married one of the greatest female athletes in the World. I wonder if there is some way we could get Nomar’s wife, the great Mia Hamm, to kick a soccer ball right at Vicente Padilla? Maybe then Mr. Padilla would show proper respect to female athletes.