So Mark did announce he was retiring from the game. All the pre-conference hype was right. All the talk about trading him, about how unhealthy he is, how he is not hitting, blah blah bladdy-de-blah can finally stop and now we as fans can celebrate the career of a man who quietly went about playing the game he loved and being a consummate professional. He was never a problem, never a distraction, but always a good decent man who contributed to the team with bat and glove.
He was a big part of the team that won the 2009 World Series, and a big part of every other team, being the clutch player who carried the team. How often was it said that when Mark hit then the Yanks would win?
There will be a lot said about the career of a great player, and how he could have been greater had injury not robbed him the last five years. But I shall not go into that now. What I will go into is how even in retiring he is helping this team and showing just how selfless and how much of a team player he is. I would love his last game to be a World series game. Just like it should have been for a number of the recent great Yankees. But it won’t be. However we can do something, we can send him off on a winning team, we can send him off with the cheers and celebrations that we did Jeter and Mo, let’s show Mark Teixeira that what he did for us, we appreciate.
Thanks Mark, for being a true champion, and a gentleman of the game.
The Yanks have announced that there will be a press conference today at 3pm involving Mark Teixeira. The rumours, of course, are that it is to announce the retirement of the first baseman who in the past was an explosive part of the Yankees lineup, but the past five years have seen more OW! that POW! from him.
But until we hear what he has got to say there is no point in speculating about retiring. There are lots of people who have said that he is going to retire, though how they could know that is beyond me given the conference has not happened. For all we know he could be announcing that he has extended his contract another one, three, or five years. We just don’t know. So I am laughing at other bloggers who have already announced that he is retiring, before saying the conference to announce it will be held later. I admire their crystal ball.
If it is the end of his career then it is a sad one. He was robbed of a better end by injuries and a poor training staff that could have helped keep him on the field playing. The numbers he put up were good, but they could have been better and it is sad that as the Yanks limp through a terrible season, one of our finest players could be limping out of the game after a lame duck year. Still, if it is an announcement to retire, what a better time to do it than after that Mets series in which he played such a massive role in a great game. I for one am grateful to him for helping us win the 2009 World Series, and for being such a good Yankee. If it is to announce that he is extending his contract with us for a few more years then I wish him well, because when he plays well the team does well.
But for all the speculation and early declarations… get a grip. Let him speak first before you declare to all that he is going to retire. It is just bad journalism to tell people something before it has even happened.