Shut your mouth!
I'm just talkin' 'bout Tex. Can you dig it?
The guy is so tough, he — well — lies to his own manager about how his right thumb feels.
"I'm not sure Tex would ever tell me how much pain he's in," Joe Girardi said late Wednesday night after Teixeira hit a tie-breaking two-run home run that pushed the New York Yankees to a 6-4 victory against the Minnesota Twins in Game 1 of the ALDS.
Oh, and Teixeira also has been playing with a broken right pinkie toe.
The guy's a mess.
"You know, you break your toe and bruise your hand in the same week, it's like you don't have feet or hands to work with," Teixeira said with a smile. He says most things with a smile.
"Right now, there's no time for worrying about taking days off and getting better," Teixeira said. "It is what it is, and I feel good enough to play."
"I have to get that out," Teixeira said unapologetically.
"When he has to dive, that seems to bother it," Girardi said. Nah, Teixeira said. It only really hurts when he swings and misses.
"My goal is to not swing and miss," Teixeira said.
"I don't do needles," said Swisher, who was stuck by a needle he guessed to be "four to seven inches long."
"It hurt like hell. But it works. It's a long season, man. Sometimes you need that to get you through or over the hump on a nagging injury," Swisher added.
After his shot kicked in, Teixeira slugged three homers and hit three doubles to close out the regular season.
Hooray for drugs!
"The cortisone shot definitely helped. Hopefully we won't need another one," Teixeira said. "But it's always in our back pocket. Hopefully, we'll be playing the next four weeks and if I need another one, I can get another one."
Well, I wouldn't keep the needles in my back pocket — you might need to slide feet first sometime.
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