Mrs. Teixeira's Decision? Sounds Strange To Me...But What Do I Know?
The New York Yankees announced their new $180 million dollar baby to the baseball world on Tuesday. His name is Mark Teixeira, he plays first base and can hit the cover off of a baseball. But how did he finally choose to don the pinstriped uniform of Boston's bitter rival? Here's a blurp from the AP that tells the soap operish story...
"Mark Teixeira sat down with his wife Dec. 12 to have dinner, his regular Friday “date night” with Leigh in Westlake, Texas.
“I’d been asking her for weeks and weeks, ‘Where do you want to go? Where do you want me to play?’ ” Texeira related. “And she said, ‘I want you to be happy. I just want you to be happy.’ And finally, she said, ‘I want you to be a Yankee.’ So that’s when it was done. And once we got the contract figured out, it was a no-brainer.”
When asked about his level of play, he said this...
“I have yet to tap my potential,” Teixeira said.
Red Sox owner John Henry had this to say about the warped negotiations...
“There was no mention of the Yankees, but we felt all along that they were going to get the last call. That’s what you deal with in working with Scott (Borass),” Red Sox owner John Henry wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press."
When asked to respond to John Henry's words, agent Scott Borass (misspelled deliberately by me, every time) uttered these words...
“I think Boston knows that they got good-faith proposals and they were given proposals, which means if accepted, the player would have signed the proposal,” Boras said. “If teams reject them, they cannot in any way suggest that they were strung along.”
Peter here. Borass is, quite simply, full of sh*t, but he knows how to squeeze every penny from unwitting suitors. I'm glad John Henry stood up to that knucklehead, but I have to admit it would have been so nice to have Teixeira manning first base and hitting cleanup behind Big Papi. But the page has been turned. I'm over it. The only reason I wrote this post was because Mark's explanation that his wife made the call sounded so outlandishly fictional.
The Red Sox have some decisions to make in the five short weeks before pitchers and catchers report. The first one will be to sign or trade for a first string catcher. Josh Bard will be catching Timmy Wakefield's knuckleballs every fifth day, but he will not be an everyday addition to the lineup. I hope he bought a bigger glove...he had problems with Wake's dancing offerings in the past. Boston could also use a right handed outfielder who can hit...Coco is gone, not to be forgotten. I wish him well...his defense is awe inspiring. Are the Sox still debating whether or not to sign Derek Lowe? In my opinion, no. Will they trade Buchholz and someone else for a first rate catcher? Who the heck knows? It's that time of year and Boston knows it has some work to do.
Have a great Hump Day Wednesday. It's already January 7th and it's gently raining outside. The only problem? The temperature is 28.3 degees F, and dropping. I'm stocked up and have no urgent need to take my little four wheel drive car out of the garage. So I won't. It's great in the snow, but NO vehicle is "good" on the ice. If you click on this post's title, you should be instantly transported to the Boston Globe Red Sox homepage. If there is ever any breaking Sox news, I'll be on top of it, and as always, BE WELL. Shalom. L'chaim (to life).