Teixeira rumor control
There's a rumor flying around that Mark Teixeira is in the Baltimore area and will attend the Ravens game today as a guest of Peter Angelos. This would be very nice if it was true, but I can't confirm it and I have serious doubts.
The first I heard of it was on my radio show yesterday afternoon on WBAL (1090 AM), when a guy called in claiming to live in Tex's old neighborhood in Severna Park and said that Tex was in town and would be going to the Ravens game. Since it is a call-in radio show, there really was no way to confirm whether the guy was on the up-and-up, but the comment went out over the air on a big radio station and I started getting questions posted on the blog asking if it was true.
This morning, there are more comments claiming that the rumor had hit ESPN's SportsCenter. Again, I didn't watch the show, so I don't know what -- if anything -- was reported. But the rumor had grown to include the nugget that Peter would make his final offer for Teixeira during this meeting.
It's all pretty shaky. If Buster Olney reported it, I'd believe it because he could have gotten it directly from Angelos. If he didn't report it and it was floated as a rumor, I'm very skeptical since, again, Buster probably could call Peter and find out for sure.
The rumor heated up late last night when broadcaster/O's fan Roy Firestone posted something on Orioles Hangout at about midnight, more than 10 hours after the thing was floated on my show. Again, he could have heard something independently -- since he added that Tex would be taking a physical in Baltimore on Monday -- but the buzz had already started and there were several comments about it on my blog by then.