There will probably be much made of Teix getting drilled --AGAIN!-- by notorious plunkster Vincente Padilla. I think, and I would hope most of you believe, that there's a time and place and (hopefully) a reason to hit someone with a pitch. Retaliation, protecting your teammate, etc. Part of the game. Part of the game policing itself.
But to simply continue to drill someone merely because that particular hitter owns you is cowardly.
"Unfortunately that's not the right way to play the game," Teixeira said. "That guy's been doing it his whole career."Yep. Teix is spot on. So him dishing out a hard slide and Burnett buzzing Cruz later was the right way to mete out justice.
Teixeira went on to detail their history: "The first two at-bats of my career (against Padilla, June 9, 2005, when the pitcher was with Philadelphia), I hit home runs. Third at-bat, I got hit. And every time I've faced him since there have been balls near my head, near my body.
"We were teammates for two years. I remember getting hit a lot because he was hitting other players." Teixeira actually asked Padilla to stop hitting players. What was Padilla's response? "Nothing," Teixeira said.
"There's no reason for it in baseball," Teixeira added. "If you can't get a guy out, don't hit him. If you don't want to pitch to a guy, put out four fingers out there and walk him. Unfortunately, when I was a teammate, it happened a lot where he would hit guys and the three-four hitters, those are the guys who get hit and I got hit plenty of times."