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.
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."