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Teixeira: In perfect world, I'd be an Oriole


At 1:40 p.m., Mark Teixeira emerged from the Yankees dugout to do an onfield interview for the YES network. There weren't many fans here, but those gathered around the Yankees dugout made themselves known.

"You're a sell-out, Mark!" one screamed.

"We hate you!" said another.

As you can see in the photo above, one even crudely painted, "Severna Park Hates you Tex!" on a sign.

For all the venom Teixeira is surely going to receive today, he couldn't have been more cordial to reporters and complimentary of Baltimore.

He even gave us this little gem of a quote:

"In a perfect world, the Orioles would've won the World Series every year I was alive, and I'd be an Oriole right now,"  Teixeira said. "I have so much love for this city, for this organization. But in the business world, in the baseball world, sometimes you have to make difficult decisions. When it came down to it, the Yankees were a better fit for me."

Teixeira said his new pinstripe-wearing bosses will "put us in position to win every year," and says he's felt comfortable with his new team since the day the ink dried on the contract.

"Right now, I feel like I made the right decision," he said. 

With an off-day scheduled for tomorrow, Teixeira said he might try to visit his old neighborhood and friends. Crab cakes were definitely on the agenda, he said.

There was a lot of fondness expressed for Baltimore and the Orioles. When he was younger, he said he'd visit Memorial Stadium or Camden Yards 5-10 times a year. Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken were his favorite players when he was younger. In fact, Teixeira said the reason he bats from both sides of the plate is because of Murray. He says Camden Yards is still one of the best ballparks in baseball.

"I've played here every year in my career. The first time I played here as a rookie, it was incredible. And every time I come back, it's always great," he said.

About two hours before the game, he tried telling us that every Opening Day stirs special feelings. But he knows the Oriole fans will be especially loud today.

"Orioles fans are going to boo Yankees. It doesn't matter where your from, where you grew up, what your name is. If you're a Yankee, you're going to get boos," he said. "So I expect a bit of that."

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love it. as a severna park native living in nyc, i love the signage.


If Jason Giambi was "The Sellout" and Alex Rodriguez is "The Phony," Mark Teixeira is "THE AIRHEAD!" That's exactly what he was at the press conference introducing him as the newest member of Evil Inc.

GO ORIOLES!

Mark Teixeira is a walking contradiction. I thought - according to his NY presser - that he grew up wearing a Yankees hat to Memorial Stadium? Seems like he's posturing for a job in PR once he retires. Though it's not as if he'll need the money.

Tex, in a perfect world, you wouldn't be a huge douche.

How dare Teixeira not take less money to play on a pitiful team? The nerve!

He will have the same number of rings as Mike Mussina had while wearing the pinstripes. And I will love it!

Mark Teixeira is 'The Mercenary' or as I have him Merc Teixeira

He took the money any of us would have taken, went to a team with a history of winning, and is trying to say the right things, you know, being professional. Lets just lynch the guy. Grow up.

thought in the yankee presseer he said he grew up a mattingly fanatic? now he is a ripkin - murray fanatic? what a self centered a##

He was asked about Mattingly specifically today by a New York reporter, and Teixeira did say he liked Mattingly when he was younger. I don't doubt that he was a big Murray-Cal fan (as I'm sure a lot of Baltimore kids were at the time), but it does seem odd that he'd grow up as a big Mattingly guy too...

Yes, we would all have taken the money. Yes they have a history of winning. Yes he is trying to be professional. Do we care about any of that when it comes down to Orioles v. Skankees? NO

You wear the pinstripes, you are going to catch hell for it. You turn down our money and sign with them, I don't care if you were born on Eutaw St, you are public enemy #1.

Let's go O's... Play Hard, Play with Pride, and Respect the Game. The Fans will be there.

Call him crazy - he doesn't want to goto a team that's in last place every year.

"In a perfect world, ... I'd be an Oriole right now."

Stuff it, Tex.

in a perfect world tex chokes on his crab cake. money isn't everything. the yanks haven't won anything in six years and counting. all while spending twice as much money as anyone else. wish people understood that money does not buy happiness.there is such a huge difference between 20 mil a year and 22 mil a year. can't make it on 20 mil. he deserves nothing less then irsay treatment in b-more.

in a perfect world you can stay with the yankees . you s_ _k.

There's a simple solution --salary cap. Until baseball ownership gets some collective guts, the Indigestiexarrheas will continue to exploit the situation. I'm hoping the next Labor negotiations will result in a strike that destroys the game as we know it, thereby saving it.

I'd be perfectly happy to see two or three summers pass sans the MLB in order to finally fix the situation.

Yeah real tough choice:

Go to New York for riches and a chance to win a World Series while living in one of the best cities in the world.

OR

Go to Baltimore and have a realistic chance to finish 4th in the AL East and live in a dump.

Tough call.

Sorry...show me the type of money they showed Tex and I'd be in NY too. So would the rest of you haters.

He's not a sellout, a phony, or unloyal, he's a sellout, phony and unloyal.

I thought he said he wore a Yankees hat when he was younger?

There is no excuse for selling out and playing for the team most responsible for wrecking the economics of the game and turning it into a business not a sport. It's not like regardless of where he went he wouldn't have made many millions of dollars. There is no amount of money that excuses signing with the evil empire.

I don't blame him one bit. Who out there wants to play for "Peter the Great?" Not many!

In a perfect world, guys would not get paid $180 million to ground meekly to second base with runners on first and third, down one run in the eighth inning.

He made the decision that he thought was right for him, like just about every professional athlete does. I can't blame him for that.

But didn't he say when he signed with the Yankees that he grew up a Yankees fan, wearing a Yankees cap to Orioles games? And now in a perfect world he'd be an Oriole? What's up with that?

I wouldn't have a problem with Tex signing with the Yankees except he played the Oriole Fan base and the Organization to drive up his Yankee's offer. Furthermore, he did the same thing to the Nationals. He played the local press to try and sound like he was interested in signing when he and his agent never even returned calls from either clubs. He can try and sound like a nice guy all he wants and chalk it up to the business of the sport but what he did was incredibly dishonest.

In today's world you're an 0 for 4 losing yankee. Go Orioles!

What a snake with a forked tongue...he must not want to get booed, so he is forgetting that he wears 23 because Mattingly was his favorite player as a kid. His actions speak louder than his words. He signed with the Yankees, now needs to stop trying to coddle the Os fans. There's a reason they booed him today; they are not as dumb or as naive as he thinks, and the boos are certainly not just because he is a Yankee. Just needs to keep his mouth shut, stop talking about Baltimore being wonderful and accept the boos being directed at him because of his decisions. If he is trying to justify the boos, then it clearly bothers him, and I bet that he really heard them today. Clearly, there are some Os fans left in this world. Too bad he wasn't one of them.

In a perfect world my a$$. In a perfect world there would be a salary cap and revenue sharing for baseball, but there is not. Spare me your sentimentality Tex. It rings really hollow. I realize that the O's never really wanted you, and you never really wanted them and now everyone else does as well. You are no better than the owners who only care about the last dollar. Because in a perfect world you'd have been willing to forgo some money to play for your hometown team. I'm sure the extra 10 or 20 million will make a huge difference in your portfolio over the long term while most of us are having trouble coming up with the $150 to buy 4 tickets and food for our families when we come to the ballpark. Stuff it Tex. Take your money, go back to NY where you belong and spare us your "perfect world."

What an effeminate douche. "In a perfect world"...just stop talking already. I honestly couldn't blame him for taking that huge deal with the yankmees. Why wouldnt he take that money in an already competetive environment like they have? But then he just wouldnt shut up. "Mattingly was my favorite player." But he also liked Ripken and Murray, good for you. And I'll bet the 5-10 games he went to a year were yankdees games. He just sounds like a phony just like a-fraud. A$$bag

Mr. Greed gave extra $ absolute priority before friends, neighbors and home when he was assured extreme wealth regardless.

He had an opportunity to show integrity could trump a competitive imbalance fostered by a baseball leadership led by Selig that thinks a fair field is secondary to profits. If Tex had Baltimore values he would have refused to play for the Yankees and their corruption of our national past time. If any man deserves continuous and intense booing it is Mr. Greed. If any man deserves his eventual retirement years to be a constant reminder of his lack of integrity and loyalty, it is our home town antithesis to hero.
Brant

In a perfect world, I'd be married to Gisele Bundchen.

Tex, you'll NEVER be respected as much as Mattingly.

Blow it out your a**! Money can't buy you happiness or world series rings! No matter how much money you get, you won't get the ring. Tex has been chasing after the pennant for years, to no avail. Why? Tex has no heart or real desire to win, just to make money. He's a stooge for Boras and the benjamins. Life is about more than money, always will be. Tex is a two-faced liar! The greats always give up money to win, always!

How exactly do you speak out of both sides of you mouth? See Mark Teixeira.

How much money is enough...like he couldn't have lived off what the O's offered him?

If he had just said up front, "I'm going where the most money is" he'd have at least been honest about it.

As for NYC being the best city is the world...the guy who wrote that had better get out a little more.

I have no doubt that what happened today with all the signs and booing affected him...he's probably never been booed before in his life and to here for the first time in his hometown had to have an effect.

Nothing personal, but I hope he hits .200 and gets booed in NYC too.

Mussina signed with them to win a WS too...how did that work out for him?

In a perfect world, Texiera would go 0-4, CC would get lit up every start and we beat the Yanks 18 times a year. Let's enjoy the wins when the happen and hope that we can stop being invaded by Yankee (and RedSox fans).

Tex, you're a sell-out, plan and simple. You gave up your dream of playing for your hometown team in exchange for an extra $2mil per year. What, $160 mil isn't enough money for you? I get shot at for less than you make in 1 game. I guess you can put a price on realizing your dreams. Speaking of dreams, make up your mind - was your dream to play for the Orioles or dumb new yorkers? Each interview is different. I hope you blow out your knee and are never the same again.

I really don't think the BOO'S could have been any louder today if there had been 100,000 fans there. It was absolutly awsome!I believe to bothered him he was 0 for 4, and almost booted one at first. He felt the Boo's and it did bother him!


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GO ORIOLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike

Hey Rob, have you spent much time in Baltimore? I went to college at Hopkins and to law school at Columbia, and I love both cities. Charm City and the Big Apple are both wonderful places. Tex made the wrong choice. If he grew up an O's fan in Annapolis like I grew up an O's fan in Virginia, there is only one choice to make. Go O's. Great day at the Yard . . .

In a perfect world he stops in at G&M's and gets a tainted crabcake....you know the rest.

In a perfect world Tex works a normal job where he makes minimum wage and has to face real issues.

Everyone on here who states 'I don't blame him' has no depth of character. Its not the crime that he signed with New York. The shortcomings in Tex's integrity are that he repeatedly stated in interviews how much he would love to play in Baltimore and even kept saying that after he claims he had decided he wanted to play in New York. Thats a man who lacks the basic decent traits of people I would want to know. He can play in New York and bat 0-4 every day and I will laugh in his fat, lying face.

Let the guy go - every did does not stay in the hometown.

He made a bad decision on going the NYY. .

The Yankees are getting old, they just signed an overweight pitcher who has never been consistently good anyway and weight catches up with yuu.

AJ Burnett had one good year and many with injuries.

Jaba has been injured and I expect that will continue with the way they are jerking him around.

The list goes no - There guys are going nowwhere fast

I guess it all depends on what you want in life. Do you want to be a hometown hero and be included with the likes of Cal and Brooks? Or do you want to make an extra $10 million and be included with a team full of prima dona's that have the potential to win it all? Like they've done repeatedly over the last......wait a minute.....BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Yanks haven't won it all since before Moose joined for the same reasons.

Money can't buy it all. Good ridance!

Hey Pinocchio, Is that your nose or is your zipper down?

what an *ssbag this Tex is...lol
He choked under the pressure of being hated by his hometown fans...he looked like he was gonna cry when he was in the box...I love it!
He is a typical Skankee...hope he can live off his big contract...the Orioles did not offer him enough to live on...poor Tex...may he hit .200 and never win a ring!

In a perfect world, I'd be an Oriole too, gladly accepting what is clearly an insulting $150,000,000 dollars.

Though I believe that the O's knew they had to make an offer but knew it would be insufficient. And sighed a huge relief when Tex declined.

Though I am truly shocked that Markakis signed for $12 mil per year for 6 years. He should fire his agent. He'll outplay that contract this year or next year as he becomes a truly elite player.

All,

While I think booing him and despising him is fine, I have to tell you however, the O's bid wasn't even in the ballpark. I don't blame him, Baltimore is and has always been about the Hometown discount! The sad part is, just like all of those people who went to the game today, as long as you keep blaming the players who don't sign here and going to the games, the Warehouse is going to continue putting and inferior team on the field! You have bought in and are reinforcing their behavior as acceptable. I don't blame Mark, and I don't resent Mussina, sure I was pissed off, but I direct my anger at those who failed to act, the warehouse. Throw BJ Ryan into the mix as well and Matt Wieters down the road! You get what you pay for and we have Simon, Hendrickson and Eaton as 3/5 of our rotation! Thank the Warehouse!

pretty much everybody can be bought for a price, I wish he was an oriole like plenty of other people, but who wouldn't sign for that much more if you were in his situation? And the money that angelos has gotten from the MASN deal and declining attendance, you'd think he would match an offer for tex that would probably pay for itself in ticket and jersey sales.

I think the O's fans are showing their frustration over losing every year. Let's turn things around. Then we can kill 'em with kindness.

The Baltimore Hex on Tex
The Severna Park W*****

Face facts - Tex is no different from Mike M. They take the money and all the talk about wanting to play on a winner is just that - talk. ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!!!!

I would take the money and go to the Yanks is they offered 22 million and the O's offered 20,000, but 22 million to 20 million. He won't be able to spend it all if he tries. In a perfect world I would be signing for the O's for 20 million.

Why didn't we(Orioles) draft Mark Teixeira out of Georgia Tech? HMMMM? Why didn't we draft Gavin Floyd? HMMMM? Two products of Mt St Joe and Severna Park yet the Orioles did little when they were fresh rookies to draft either one. Let it go O's fans.....let it go.

I agree with many of you on this post. I used to like Tex while he was with the Rangers, Braves and Angels. He is a great baseball player and is a local product so I cheered for him. I was upset when he signed with the Yankees over the Orioles because to me the Orioles are only a couple years away (maybe 3) from being a serious contender. Tex could have came back to Baltimore, been the face of the franchise, and been a part of bringing the O's back to winners. If he did that he would be right up there with Cal Ripken, Johnny U, and Ray Lewis in terms of respect and love for in the state of Maryland. However, after seeing that the Yanks were willing to pay so much more for him and that they do make the playoffs almost every single year, in a way I couldn't blame him. The O's offered him enough money to never have to worry about money ever again and plus with the endorsements he would make, he'd be set for life. I was frustrated when he signed with the Yanks, but I understood it a little bit even though if I were him I would have came back home. My problem with Tex is at his press conference he said he used to come to Memorial Stadium/Camden Yards and wear a Yankees hat and cheer for the Yanks. He said he was a huge Don Mattingly fan and used to get "crap" from baltimore fans for wearing a yanks cap to game. Now I read he says in a perfect world he'd be an Oriole because he grew up cheering for them and loved Eddie Murray and Cal. In fact, he credits Eddie as the reason why he became a switch hitter? I hear all the time how much of a phony A-Rod is and I read this. It seems to me that Tex is right up there as one of the biggest fake people in baseball. In fact, I've heard rumors that have said that while he was with the Rangers, Braves, and Angels he wasn't even a great teammate to be around. It seems to me that this kid is 100% fake. If you sign with the Yanks that's fine, but don't sign with the Yanks slap Orioles fans in the face by saying "I used to go to O's games and wear a Yanks cap." Then, come back to our stadium and say that in a perfect world you'd be an O's fan. Don't insult the fans and O's organization with your BS. Lastly, your not worth $180 Million. The Yanks throw money at players like its candy and they can't seem to get it down in the playoffs.


He handled himself as a gentleman.The reason Mussina left and Texiera signed with NY can be summed up in one word. ANGELOS. You do not repeat do not have to be a rocket scientist to recognize this.


He handled himself as a gentleman.The reason Mussina left and Texiera signed with NY can be summed up in one word. ANGELOS. You do not repeat do not have to be a rocket scientist to recognize this.

I can't believe I'm going to defend Teixeira here, but I grew up in Anne Arundel County, loved Cal and Eddie, but always had a great deal of respect for Mattingly. I guess he was my favorite AL first baseman after Murray was traded. One of my favorite baseball cards was the Sportflic with Ripken, Mattingly and a third guy...Robin Yount, maybe?

Having said that - those boos were BEAUTIFUL! I'll be at tomorrow's game, and I'm hoping to boo as much, if not more!

I'm glad to see the yard rocking, but you guys need to keep it up. I think the reason the last few years, that the O's have had late season swoons is because all those late season Sox and yankees games are populated with the enemies fans. Wouldn't it kill you at home games to see more fans for the opposition that your team.

Come on people. Tex plays the game of baseball the way it should be played. He doesn't run his mouth and does his job day in and day out. If we are going to blame anyone, BLAME ANGELOS!!!

ALL YOU PEOPLE THAT BOOED TEIXEIRA OPENNING DAY NEED TO GET A LIFE. THE GUY NEVER WAS COMING HERE, HE HASN'T LIVED HERE SINCE HIGH SCHOOL AND HI HOME NOW IS IN TEXAS. SO GROW UP, GET A LIFE AND FIND SOMETHING A BIT MORE IMPORTANT TO CRY ABOUT LIKE HOW ANGELOS RAN THE ORIOLES INTO THE GROUND TE LAST 10 YEARS. YOU ALL ARE A BUNCH OF SHEEP THAT CAN'T THINK FOR YOURSELVES, MAYBE IF ANGELOS WOULD HAVE RAN THIS TEAM BETTER AND NOT CHASED A WAY A GOOD COACH AND QUALITY PLAYERS THEN MAYBE GOOD FREE AGENTS LIKE TEIXEIRA WOULD WANT TO COME HERE. SO GO LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND BOO YOURSELF BALTIMORE

DEAR SUN PAPER, IF YOU TRUELY REPORT BOTH SIDES OF A STORY ALLOW THIS TO POST OR PRINT IT IN YOUR PAPER...... ALL YOU PEOPLE THAT BOOED TEIXEIRA OPENNING DAY NEED TO GET A LIFE. THE GUY NEVER WAS COMING HERE, HE HASN'T LIVED HERE SINCE HIGH SCHOOL AND HIS HOME NOW IS IN TEXAS. SO GROW UP, GET A LIFE AND FIND SOMETHING A BIT MORE IMPORTANT TO CRY ABOUT LIKE HOW ANGELOS RAN THE ORIOLES INTO THE GROUND TE LAST 10 YEARS. YOU ALL ARE A BUNCH OF SHEEP THAT CAN'T THINK FOR YOURSELVES, MAYBE IF ANGELOS WOULD HAVE RAN THIS TEAM BETTER AND NOT CHASED A WAY A GOOD COACH AND QUALITY PLAYERS THEN MAYBE GOOD FREE AGENTS LIKE TEIXEIRA WOULD WANT TO COME HERE. SO GO LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND BOO YOURSELF BALTIMORE

WELL I GUESS THATS THE WHOLE STADIUM THAT NEEDS TO GET A LIFE THEN....AND FOR THE RECORD, MONEY DOESN'T BUY A RING OR HAPPINESS JUST ASK MUSSINA HOW MANY TIMES HE WON AS A YANK GETTING THAT MUCH MONEY...AND ITS NOT EVEN THE FACT THAT HE WAS OR WASNT GOING TO SIGN WITH THE O'S, IT WAS THAT HE SAID " I GREW UP GOING TO O'S GAMES WEARING A YANKEE HAT; MY IDOL WAS RIP AND MURRAY BUT I'M A BIGGER MATTINGLY FAN"...WHAT A FAKE. IN A PERFECT WORLD YOU'D ROOT FOR THE O'S AND BE AN O BUT YOU'RE NOT SO TAKE YOUR 180 MIL AND GO 0-4 TOMORROW NITE AND DON'T LOOK LIKE YOU'RE GONNA CRY WEHN THE WHOLE STADIUM BOOS YOU BECAUSE YOU 110% DESERVE IT!!!!!!! LETS GO O'S!!!!!!!!

Dear Paul,

Typing in all caps makes you look like an idiot.

Wait till he's batting 230avg in May and his beloved Yankee fans are booing him too.

Gary Parks is clearly in the bottom quartile of the population when measuring intelligence. If he were in any other quartile he would have researched before he made his post and realized that both Floyd and Teixeria were picked in the first round BEFORE the O's could pick.

As for tex himself, it is one thing to grow up in this area and be a yankee fan and root for your favorite player on the yankees. It's unfortunate for us because were not to particularly fond of that kind around here but it's a personal choice and he's entitled to that. But for him to have this split personality where one day he grew up a yankee fan and the next he grew up an O's fan, c'mon dude, how dumb do you think we are? Stop trying to make everyone happy and just be honest and real, not some two-faced fake.

As a Severna Park native and fellow little leaguer with Tex, let's be honest, everyone was an Oriole fan growing up in the area because the Orioles were good and fielded everyone's hero, Cal Ripken. So be honest about it Tex, you weren't a Yankees Fan.
What everyone fails to mention is the Yankees have just as much of a flawed system for winning the series as the O's. They are trying to buy World Series and as seen by yesterday's performance, you can't rely solely on big free agents to bail you out, you need a good farm system and good prospects to compete. The O's have had over a decade of losing seasons but there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel in regards to what McPhail is doing. The Yankees are clearly functioning with over the hill stars, over paid over rated players, and few and far prospects between. I liked the Oriole line up yesterday far better than the Yankees A rod less one. Too sum it up, if Tex really wanted to win, he would have went to the Angels or Red Sox for a chance, he clearly only went to New York for the money. In my opinion, its about a push over the next five years as to who will win a championship when it comes to the O's and Yanks, because they will have to contend with two stronger in talent organizations in Boston and Tampa.
I will boo Tex for being a liar and for clearly only using the Orioles to drive up his bidding, the O's would have negotiated more salary for him if he had any real plans for coming here, but he didn't. I hope he replaces the Moose curse with one of his own.
Nice game O's! Nice game O's Fans!

Rather than boo the guy, I'm now of the opinion we should applaud...because he's not here. Yesterday I posted that you could look up "two-faced" in the dictionary, and you'd see Tex's picture. Well, the comments he made about Cal and Eddie (after making the Mattingly comments to NY media) can go in that dictionary as the definition. Do you really want him on the team? Ruining the chemistry? I'd much rather have Aubrey Huff at $8M than Tex at $20M (especially if that extra $12M brings in a starter next year). Tex is like these people running for president - telling one story in Iowa and another in NH. His dad is a bum too. If anyone of my three acted like that, they'd hear it from me.

By the way, I hope when he returns to his old neighborhood tomorrow that he gets booed there too. And I hope his crab cake is nothing but shells.

Man what a bunch of babies! I'd be out there booing him too, because he's a stinking YANKEE, not because he didn't sign here. Some of you sound like he impregnated your daughter before skipping town.

If my son had the choice between the two, I'd send him to NY, and I am a LIFE LONG Oriole fan.

My advice would have been based on the fact that Peter Angelos has been a cancer as an owner, PERIOD.

I would have counseled my son to work for Jack Kent Cooke over Robert Irsay for the same reason, and I can't stand the deadskins either.

If I get to go to a Yankees game at Camden Yards, I'll boo Teixeira as a Yankee but not as a "traitor". The percentage of players who play for their "hometown" team is miniscule. Besides, the current ownership of our "hometown" team has been less than ideal.

Winning is the best revenge. I'm cautiously optimistic with MacPhail at the helm and now that Markakis and Roberts have been signed. Let's beat the Yankees on the field and in the standings. That's the best way to "get back at" Teixeira.

I love how you Orioles fans are complaining and crying that he didn't sign with your crappy team for LESS money. Maybe he actually wanted to win and not finish 5th in the division for the next 8 years.

Why would this guy want to play for a loser organization like Baltimore? This team will be lucky to win 50 games.

You're right, Richard, and you will be lucky to lose your virginity before you turn 45.

Go post on a Yankee website like all the other front runners with no character or integrity. You, my friend, are what people commonly call a tool.

Richard, whata Dick.

you anti-booing folks are missing a couple key facts: a) the Orioles offered a $140M contract and told him if he wanted to come here they'd add substantially more--he never asked them to do so; b) you assume that going to NY means guaranteed winning. That's absolutely wrong. Where were the Yankees last fall? At home with the Orioles. All NY has done is rearrange the deck chairs: swap Tex for Giambi, Sabathia and Burnett for Mussina and pray. Never mind the fact that the station to station ball NY plays has gone the way of the Dodo. They have no pitching depth, especially in the bullpen--and Rivera is showing his age. It's pretty simplistic to say, "oh yeah, NY is clealy the better option!" you look at the O's lineup and it's young and is one of the better in MLB, especially once you plug in Weiters. They have some of the most promising young arms in MLB. NY has no such promise. Tex will learn the same hard lesson Mussina did: NY is no guarantee and the money ain't worth the dysfunction.

I ain't buying the business aspect for a reason to sign for more money. As I see it, Tex and these other athletes are nothing but greedy hogs!!!!

He did us all a favor! Thanks to him signing with New York we were able to spend the money to lock up Roberts and Markakis. The Orioles made him an offer strickly as a P.R. move. I am convinced they didn't want him. Why pay a guy 20 plus million dollars a year when you got the same production from Aubrey Huff last year? I do not wish him well on the field since he is a Yankee, but I wish him well in his personal life and thank him for not signing with the Orioles.

All the Yankee fans on here are just pissed off that they now have to pay a bizzilion dollars for tickets to their new gadjillion $$ stadium. Camden Yards is almost 20 years old and still one of the best. Texiera took the money, big deal. He's a Yankee and deserves our vitroluos condemnation every time he steps in the box, as should every other opposing team. I prefer to be a loyal O's fan than to be a "biatch" to the Evil Empire. GO O's!

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