Wednesday, January 07, 2009

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).


At 1/07/2009 12:08 PM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

It sounded like he doesn't know much about the Red Sox. "The Nationals and the Orioles were definitely up there, a chance to play close to home," said Teixeira, a Maryland native. "But in the end when it came down to my goals as a ballplayer, wanting to be a world champion and multiple world champion, the Yankees were just so far and above everybody in that realm, with a chance to win every year."

Let's hope Boston bursts his bubble and helps him get everything he deserves - years of misery.

At 1/07/2009 1:09 PM, Anonymous johnbee418 said...

Sometimes, it becomes very annoying to observe another person's character strengths over-shadow their thinking. To wit:

The loyalty the Sox ownership has for its long-term employees. The team simply cannot let go of Tim Wakefield in a uniform. The team simply cannot realize Tim is nearly over the edge of the abyss of age and effectiveness, and costs the Team TWO roster spots with his presence. At best, Wakefield will give us a.500 PLUS wins, just breaking even. And just breaking even does not win pennants. Tim and whoever is supposed to be his catcher are the two roster spots and are a serious detriment to a solid team of 25 producers. In addition, with NESN providing almost total coverage of the games, I really don't know how much anxiety watching Wakefield squirm out of jams I can handle this, my 78th year.

As for trading a young pitcher for a good and YOUNG catcher...GO FOR IT. Catchers work every day...pitchers show up maybe five times a month. Wouldn't it be fun seeing SALTALAMACHIA stretched across the kid's shirt back? A new major league record for long names, finally burying Red Schoendienst to the trash bin (where all those old Cardinals deserve to be for causing my dear Brooklyns so much agony back in the day).

Ah well, here's to another ring for the boys. And, by the way, why not utilize the entire roster and put Julio Lugo behind the plate. Quick hands, good arm, doesn't need to cover much ground, and a batting average a heckuva lot higher than Errol Flynn's...oops, I mean ole Varitek.

At 1/07/2009 4:59 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

BFW...he's talking out of BOTH sides of his mouth without knowing what he's saying!

JB418, I realize that Tim Wakefield will be a .500 pitcher once again...he's been near that for far too long. I'll take Errol Flynn anytime. I hate it when Tim gives up two in the first, three in the third, and so on, so on, so on. Ad nauseum.


At 1/07/2009 5:00 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

And yes JB418, it would be great if the Sox can sign a REAL catcher, even if it means trading Buchholz...dare I say.


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