What would a New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox series be without drama? The latest incident pits Red Sox reliever, Vicente Padilla against Yankee first baseman, Mark Teixeira. The war of words between the former teammates began when Teixeira suggested Padilla is a head-hunter . Padilla responded by accusing the Yankees first baseman of threatening to hit him with a bat while they played together with the Rangers, among other things. The he said, he said was silly and harmless until Padilla went overboard.
During an interview, Padilla suggested Teixeira should go and play women’s sports. Really Padilla? How about you go play a female sport. I have a couple of suggestions.
Apparently, Padilla isn’t familiar with, the Battle of the Sexes match where Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs, 6-4, 6-3, and 6-3. Yes, King was 29, and Riggs, 55 at the time of the match, but it was the overly confident Riggs who challenged King. Like Padilla, Riggs underestimated the skill and toughness of a female athlete.
While King isn’t available for a match these days, Padilla could always take on the Williams sisters.
Maybe Padilla wants to try his hand in the WNBA, or women’s college basketball. How about a little one-on-one against Brittney Griner of Baylor? Or, he can face Tina Charles of the Connecticut Sun, or Sylvia Fowles of the Chicago Sky. There are several great athletes in the WNBA who would show Mr. Padilla just how athletic, and physical women can play.
I don’t have a problem with Padilla calling out Teixeira, but he could’ve thought of something more appropriate than calling Teixeira a girl. I know the WNBA will never be in the same league as the NBA, and women tennis players will always play their finals match before the men, and male dominated football, my favorite sport, will always reign supreme in the eyes of fans. Women get it. Sports fans prefer, by majority, to watch men playing sports. That’s okay. We just don’t want to be insulted.
While this current Yankee, Red Sox altercation is relatively mild, it will make things interesting the next time these two meet. My advice to Tex, make sure the batting helmet is on tight, and take the hit like a man.
Vonda Menard has been a New York Yankees fan for over 25 years. Her stepfather first brought her to Yankee stadium as a young child, where she fell in love with Don Mattingly, and the Yankees. She makes the pilgrimage from Connecticut to New York yearly to expose her boys to the same experience.