All-Star Break Time For Sox to Cut Padilla
July 12, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Question: what's worse than being last-place heading into the All-Star Break? Answer: having an ignorant bigot of a relief pitcher on your team and being last-place heading into the All-Star Break. Unfortunately, this weekend Vicente Padilla proved that the Boston Red Sox are in the worst case scenario at this point.
Padilla has, for many years, been a serviceable middle-to-late reliever in the major leagues. In fact, 10 years ago, he represented the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2002 All-Star Game. However, it would be hard to argue that the MLB needs Vicente Padilla in any meaningful way.
After his comments about Mark Teixeira this weekend, it might be easier to argue that the MLB would be better off without him altogether.
Teixeira has played in the MLB since 2003 and, in the past decade, has been a far more productive player than Padilla ever has or will be. A two-time all-star, four-time Gold Glover, and three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, "Tex" has played baseball with dignity and respect for his teammates, opponents, and the game itself ever since he donned a professional uniform.