The Tex factor (Part Deux)
I was confident that my earlier post would stir up some thoughtful commentary and I was right. Orioles fans came out in force to (mostly) disagree with me on the logic of booing Mark Teixeira for signing with the Yankees and not the Orioles.
You are not alone. I got a call from one of my press box colleagues taking me to task on the subject, and pointing out that the most vociferous boo-birds were not booing Teixeira for going over to the Evil Empire, but for saying at his introductory press conference in New York that he had always been a Yankee fan.
If that is the reason that individual fans are booing Teixeira, I have absolutely no problem with that. I believe, however, that a big segment of the Tex-bashers are angry at him for choosing the Yankees because of the money or the better chance to win right away. That rationale seems incongruous to me because so many of those same fans have fallen away from the team because of its supposed unwillingness to spend enough money and its inability to field a competitive team.
It would have been great if Teixeira had taken it upon himself to sign with the Orioles to help them get off the floor, but it certainly was not his responsibility just because he grew up in Severna Park.
Radio dogma: Since this seems to be a hot topic, I'll give you a chance to get at me in person tonight on WBAL (1090 AM) at six. I'll also have an interview I did this morning with former Oriole and current Yankees broadcaster Ken Singleton. If you aren't within signal range, you can go to WBAL.com and click on the "Listen Live" icon.