Question: Why would you hit a batter to load the bases, with one out, and Alex Rodriguez on deck?
Try and draw your own conclusions from this article.
Tonight, Vicente Padilla was going into his first start after being back from the disabled list and he did not make it out of the fourth inning.
Padilla decided it was a good idea to hit Mark Teixeira twice in the ballgame, the first time on the arm, and the second on the backside.
Now, as far as I'm concerned, this was no accident. You don't unintentionally hit a guy twice, or right on the backside. Clearly Padilla had a problem with Teixeira, and whatever it was, Padilla obviously felt it was enough to hit Teixeira twice. The problem is that Padilla might not have a problem with just Teixeira, but hitters in general.
Would it be foolish to think that it was because Teixeira played there, two years ago? I really did not see any bad blood between Teixeira and the Rangers coming into the game.
Teixeira, after the game, was quoted as saying, "Anyone who knows Vicente, that's just the way he does it."
Teixeira was not even surprised Padilla hit him. "That guy's been doing it his whole career," said Teixeira.
Yankee Manager Joe Girardi expressed concern for Teixeira, and was seen stepping out of the dugout when Teixeira was hit the second time.
"You don't like seeing your guy get plunked, especially twice by the same guy," Girardi said in the post-game press conference.
Teixeira got his revenge when he slid hard into second, breaking up a double play and allowing the first run of a rally in the fourth inning.
"That's good hard baseball," said Girardi.
Pitchers like Padilla put their teams in jeopardy in two ways: the first, by giving up base runners due to useless hit batters, in trying to "send a message." Secondly, they put their own hitters in the line of fire. Why would you knowingly do that to your own teammates?
"I remember getting hit a lot because he was hitting other players," Teixeira said.
I'm sure the Yankees would like to thank Vicente Padilla for inspiring them to come back and score 12 runs on 13 hits with 11 RBIs, crushing the Rangers, 12-3. The fact of the matter is that Padilla gets a mark in the "loss" column, and is a dirty pitcher.
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