On Friday, Mark Teixeira announced that he would retire from baseball at the end of the season. It was always clear that the Yankees and Tex were going to part ways when his contract ended, but it was somewhat shocking to hear the 36-year-old say that he would call it quits for good.
It’s a shame to see his career end on the low note of this 2016 season, but we’ll always have 2015. Yesterday, Ryan looked back at some of Teixeira’s greatest moments on the field. Now let’s revisit some of his goofier moments with the team.
The honey incident
During a spring training game in March 2014, the Red Sox and Yankees were in the middle of the third inning when bees happened. The game entered a seven-minute delay because there was evidently a swarm of bees in the left-field bullpen. While most of the players stood around waiting for the grounds crew to take care of it, Tex emerged from the dugout with two bottles of honey. Joe Girardi later said that Teixeira’s idea was to “take some honey out there, draw a line and lead ‘em out.” His plan didn’t come to fruition, but it was amusing to watch.
Mark Teixeira had a plan to take care of those bees and now I'm afraid he'll try it at home. pic.twitter.com/6bBKlG4mhz— Marc Normandin (@Marc_Normandin) August 5, 2016
His juice obsession
Over the past few years, Teixeira has been incredibly vocal about his healthy diet (no gluten, no dairy, no sugar) and his love of juice. In a 2014 interview, Tex stated that he had been drinking raw juice for over ten years. He went on to say that he drinks “two to five juices a day” and that when he is on the go, he’ll pack a cooler full of juice to ride around with him in the car. Only Mark Teixeira would drive around with a cooler of raw juice.
Tex also took Jack Curry on a tour of Juice Press once, which Andrew covered here.
Baby wrist interview
In March 2013, Tex suffered a torn tendon sheath while practicing at the World Baseball Classic. This resulted in Teixeira playing just 15 games before he had to have season-ending wrist surgery. Although he was expected to be ready to go at the start of the 2014 season, Tex wound up experiencing a few setbacks, played through discomfort through most of the year, and received two or three cortisone shots before the season ended.
Near the start of the 2014 season, Teixeira said this about his wrist: “I’m never going to be the way I was out of the womb. People are like, ‘You had surgery, so now you’re normal.’ It’s like, no, that’s exactly why you’re not normal.” I still can’t wrap my head around this absurd statement, but I still find it pretty comical. Since then, the PSA staff and commenters have had many exchanges about Tex’s baby wrist (and shin and knee and neck, for that matter).
Foul Territory with Mark Teixeira
During spring training in 2014, YES Network filmed a short series called “Foul Territory with Mark Teixeira” where Tex interviewed various teammates (and objects). He was the perfect combination of dorky, awkward, and funny as the host in the interviews. Tex did everything from challenge Jacoby Ellsbury to a foot race, offer to be Masahiro Tanaka’s tour guide in NYC, and spent a full minute trying to ask Derek Jeter one question before he wandered off. You can find all of the videos here.
Sadly, the series never filmed any additional episodes. However, there is some hope that we’ll be able to see/hear Tex on TV in the future. During a Twitter Q&A a couple years back, a fan asked if Tex would consider being an announcer or coaching after he quit playing and he sounded open to that.
.@JamesKaften I could see myself as an announcer or TV analyst after I play, not a MLB coach right away b/c of my kids...to much time away.— Mark Teixeira (@teixeiramark25) May 22, 2014
One of my favorite things about Teixeira is how expressive he is on the field. He makes all of the faces, and that might be what I will miss the most about him. It would be too difficult to put together all of my favorite Tex faces, but luckily Andrew already did that a couple months ago. This is a good one, though:
Hopefully there will be more goofy Tex moments to come over his final two months.