January 06, 2009
Almost two weeks after the deal was sealed, Mark Teixeira showed up in the Bronx today to formally accept the Yankees' eight-year, $180 million offer. In doing so, he revealed a little about who wears the pants in the Teixeira household:
"Two weeks before Christmas, I talked to [my wife] Leigh about it again, and we kind of decided that, hey, the Yankees are where we want to be. Cash [Brian Cashman] might want to give Leigh a hug, because when I asked her during the process, 'Where should I go, where should I go?,' she'd always say, 'I just want you to be happy.' Finally she said, 'I want you to be a Yankee,' and it was a done deal."
After hearing Mark's admission that he rooted for the Yankees while growing up outside Baltimore, something tells me that O's fans will have just a little bit of fun with that (though it's not like they weren't going to boo the pinstripes off him anyway):
"My dad would take me to O's games and I'd wear a Yankees hat, which wasn't too safe in Baltimore back in the '80s. But it was worth it. There's something about being a Yankee, no where you are there are Yankees fans, and I'm glad to be a Yankee today."
Read more about Tex's press conference and his love for Don Mattingly here.
UPDATE: To watch an interview with Leigh Teixeira, click here.