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Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Mrs. Teixeira made the callApparently Mark Teixeira's wife made the call on signing with the Yankees:
Thirteen days before Christmas, Mark Teixeira, the Yankees’ $180 million man, was having dinner with his wife, Leigh, when he pleaded with her for insight about the future. If everything was equal among Teixeira’s suitors, he said, where would she rather see him play? Leigh admitted to preferring the Yankees . . .
I said yesterday that I don't think that these "introduce the new player" press conferences have any value, and this is one of the reasons. I suppose it's entirely possible that Leigh Teixeira was the driving force behind the Yankees landing their new slugger. I suppose that to some it might even matter. I also suppose, however, that if I wanted to change the subject from a contentious negotiation with the Red Sox and a media firestorm about the size of my contract in these tough economic times that I might float the story that my wife made the call so I don't look so damn mercenary about it. A new angle on Mike Hampton's "I'm signing with the Rockies because the schools in Denver are good" if you will.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 6:09am
kranky kritter said...
Blame the wife: a new tool in the Boras BS toolbox.
Posted 01/07 at 09:30 AM
I’m pretty sure Boras stole the blame the wife technique from Roger.
Posted 01/07 at 10:24 AM
Who cares if she had anything to do with it. Everyone cites “family issues” these days as a factor in the decision. Does the reason why he signed, now matter to everyone? Anything between Boras and the Sox going forward will likely be contentious to some degree, why is anyone surprised? The deal is done, let’s move on to some real baseball issues.
Posted 01/07 at 12:44 PM
It’s a banner wife year in Yankee land. Apparently Mrs. Damon put the full court press on Mrs. Sabathia (Amber, whom I’ve met, she’s really nice). Now that Mrs. A-Rod is gone, the wives section will have an interesting dynamic.
Posted 01/07 at 03:00 PM