There’s something special about being a New York Yankees first baseman both historically, with the likes of Lou Gehrig and in recent years with Chris Chambliss, Don Mattingly and Tino Martinez.
Mark Teixeira, who signed with the Yankees as a free agent in December 2008 after being wooed by several teams, has fit in just as well as his predecessors with over 30 homers in each of his three seasons in the Bronx.
Teixeira, who caught the 27th out in the Yanks 27th World Series win, also collected over 100 RBI in all three campaigns.
Along with the huge numbers, and much like his predecessors, Teixeira comes across as a good guy. That’s probably because he IS a good guy … you can just tell. Tex seems so at ease as a player and as a person, yes … again like his predecessors.
Teixeira seemed really at home, for instance, on a recent appearance on HGTV’s My Favorite Place. It might have something to do with the fact Teixeira WAS at home … a 13,000 square foot mansion-like home in Greenwich, CT. He sported the same cool, calm demeanor in showing off the five-bedroom, eight bathroom house as he does in patrolling first base for the Yanks.
His office is possibly the “coolest” place in his house, with pictures, baseballs and other memorabilia, including a photo snapped of him with President George W. Bush (the program showed the photo for several seconds, but if he discussed the pic that part is on an editing floor somewhere).
It was a treat to see Tex in such a venue, and kind of helps get me through a long stretch, if you’ll pardon the pun, before the season starts.