Friday, June 19, 2015
NICE SHOOTIN' TEX!
In 2009, the Yankees decided they were going to make the TWO biggest moves off the offseason, after finishing a measly third the year before. So, they went and signed CC Sabathia and Mark Teixiera, two guys that have formed leadership positions in the Bronx ever since.
Tex was one who worried me later in that contract. He had amazing seasons in 2009 and 2010, but never really managed to do anything significant since. He hit home runs last year, but like the rest of the team, it was more of a whimper and less of an actual bang.
However...2015 came around, and Mark Teixeira's bat came alive once more. And the guy has 18 home runs, 48 RBIs, and is playing like any absolute pro. And I couldn't be more proud of him.
I think it's come about because Jeter's gone, and Mo's gone, and A-Rod's...less than trustworthy, so the team needs a real leadership figure, somebody who can step up and say 'this is how you do it'. Tex really has fallen into that role- the guy's got 2 years left on his contract, he's 35, and he's pulling the team and telling them how it should be done.
It works, too, because if he leaves for 2017, McCann, Ellsbury and Headley will (hopefully) still be there, and one of them will take the reins.
Until then, it's just another year and a half of Tex being a Yankee superstar. And I can handle that.
Coming Tomorrow- One of those nasty Cardinals. This one in particular's been around for a year and a half, and is becoming a major force.