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Celebrating the many faces of Mark Teixeira on his 36th birthday

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What a man, what a man, what a man.

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Mark Teixeira has been a Yankee for eight years now, and at this point, fans pretty much know what to expect from him: Dingers, awesome defense, some frustrating injuries and grounders into the shift, and spreading the good word about veggies and juice. Oh, and of course, Tex faces.

The incredibly detailed story behind Tex faces is that Mark Teixeira sometimes makes funny faces on the baseball field. He has a very expressive face. They are hilarious. The end.

Confused Tex

Yes, really!

Even though the man his hit almost 400 homers and is one of the premier switch-hitters of his generation, when his career ends, I will remember the faces the most. That's just how it is. So on the afternoon of his 36th birthday, I thought it would be fun to look back on some of my favorites.

"I am doing the defense"


Photo credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Elegance, thy name is Tex


Photo credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

"SOON I WILL RECEIVE THE BASEBALL"

"I'M GONNA GET YOU, BASEBALL"


Photo credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

:-O


Photo credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

"WE DID IT!"

Tex yeah

Photo credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

"I always feel like... somebody's watchin' meeeee


Photo credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

"AND I HAVE NO PRIVACY"

"Why did I listen to that fan's suggestion to Google Rule 34"


Photo credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images

"Oh dear, I seem to have fallen on the ground"


Photo credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images

"I am not Mark Teixeira"


Photo credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

USA Today caption: "New York Yankees infielder Mark Teixeira (25) watches a drill during the workout at George M. Steinbrenner Field."

"Now I am doing the offense/trying to blow bubbles"

Tex batting face Elsa/Getty Images

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Fenway Hoedown!


Photo credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

"I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU"


Photo credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images

"This is how you run the bases, kids!"


Photo credit: Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images

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How about some GIFs?

"DEAR BARBARA"

Dear Barbara

Wake up, Mark! It's your birthday!

Tex excite

"yes.... Yes.... YES!!!"

Tex Smile

"I'm taking a walk!!!"

Tex walk

"OH!"

Tex OHHHH

In the sun...

Tex sun

Thumbs up!

Tex thumbs up

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Yet through all the Tex faces, this one is still the best...

Champ Tex Face


Photo credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Happy birthday, you wonderful strange man.

Tex woooo