Orioles: The Tex factor
The negative reaction to Mark Teixeira during Monday's opener was even more heartfelt than I expected, considering the fairly high percentage of Yankees fans at Camden Yards for the regular-season opener.
I certainly understand everyone's frustration and anticipate similar responses over the next few days, but I found Teixeira's comments about the situation Monday very interesting. His statement that "in a perfect world" he would be an Oriole really put the whole thing on the Orioles organization -- something many of his biggest critics would be hard-pressed to dispute.
Considering who is his agent (Scott Boras), it might be fair to speculate that he would have gone for the most money no matter what, but the condition of the Orioles organization certainly played a role in his decision to sign with the Yankees. Who's fault is that?
It certainly would have been nice if he had decided he wanted to play for his hometown team, but can anyone honestly say they would have passed up a better financial and competitive opportunity when so many of the same Orioles fans who are ripping him no longer show up at the ballpark if it isn't Opening Day? Not sure you can have it both ways.
I know this isn't a popular position to take, but if O's fans don't want to go to Camden Yards on a regular basis, why are so many of them mad at Teixeira because he didn't want to either?
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