Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Vicente Padilla does not like Mark Teixeira. Mark Teixeira does not like Vicente Padilla. 'Does not like' is probably an understatement, but I'll keep this clean.
Almost every year Teixeira and Padilla do battle at the plate and each time there is a good chance Padilla will hit or come close to hitting Teixeira. Glares and words are exchanged, etc. Sometimes Teixeira hits a home run which is the best way to flip off Padilla.
But worry no more sports fans, you won't have Padilla to curse out any more. No he has not retired, but he is moving to Japan. The 35-year old has agreed to terms with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks for $3.25MM.
Padilla made less than half that last year as a member of the Boston Red Sox. The Hawks will be the sixth organization Padilla has pitched for since he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks as an amateur free agent in 1998.
No, you won't see fireworks in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) either. Teixeira will be playing in the upcoming tournament for the US, but Padilla has passed on playing for Nicaragua.