Okay, so you think you are an expert on the New York Yankees? Well, here we go with the new installment of “Name Your Yankee,” presented by Yankee Fan Dan. This is where the real Yankee fans step up to the plate and show their knowledge.
In case you have forgotten, here is how it works: I will provide you with a list of clues. You see how many clues it takes for you to determine who the secret Yankee player is. If you identify the player in four clues, then you are assigned to the single A team. If you only need three clues, you are in double A. Two clues will place you in triple A. If you do it in one clue, you have made the big leagues! The answer is revealed on this page.
Does that still sound easy? Well, here is the difficult part. You must identify the secret Yankee player from your knowledge and not from research. If you cheat, you will have to live with it until the end of your career. The ethics panel will ban you from baseball without the opportunity for reinstatement. So, don’t pretend the ball hit you and limp to first base. Okay, here we go.
Clue number one: He has 3 home runs this season.
Clue number two: He wears uniform number 25.
Clue number three: He is a switch-hitter.
Clue number four: He is a first baseman.
Alright, how did you do? If you guessed that the secret Yankee player is Mark Teixeira, than you are right! With Teixeira returning to the lineup, the Yankees get back one of the best hitters in baseball. He has 341 home runs in his major league career, with 1113 RBI and a batting average of .278. Look for him to go on a tear for the rest of the season. Before he is done playing, he should eclipse the 500 home run mark.
In the field, Teixeira is as good as anyone at his position. Like Johnny Mize, Chris Chambliss and Lou Gehrig he is one of the many tough, intelligent players to cover the first base bag for the Yankees.
Don’t forget to check back next Thursday for another edition of Name Your Yankee.