What, you mean it’s not going to be Phil Hughes?
Via Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger :
The Yankees also would like Teixeira to be the face of their team for the next eight years, long after their four Mt. Rushmore figures — Jeter, Posada, Rivera and Pettitte — have faded off into retirement.
This is not Jason Giambi, who had to cut his hair and hide his tattoos for the introductory press conference. Teixeira looks like he stepped out of a Gillette commercial every day when he arrives at the ballpark. He embraces this part of the job and fits the role naturally.
“From the time I met him on his first recruiting visit, you could tell that this guy had a special makeup,” said Danny Hall, his coach at Georgia Tech. “He knew where he wanted to go and exactly how he was going to get there.”
And, here he is, at the heart of the most famous franchise in baseball. If the fast-living, motorcycle-riding Giambi appealed to the bleacher-creature crowd, then the Sesame Street-watching Teixeira figures to be a favorite to parents toting their impressionable Little Leaguers to the ballpark.
You think Derek Jeter is a model citizen? It was Teixeira who told Sports Illustrated that he’s “not the type of guy who goes out at night and parties,” a straight-laced National Honor Society member in high school who met his future wife when they were freshmen at Georgia Tech.
Hall loves to tell the story about Teixeira, as a junior with millions waiting for him in the draft, playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on a broken ankle to try to get his team to the College World Series. In a Yankees clubhouse too defined by individuals stars in recent years, Teixeira will try to put the focus back on the team.
“There’s obviously some guys who have been here a long time that will continue to be the Yankees’ poster children,” Teixeira said yesterday, standing at his locker before a morning workout. “At the same time, I’m going to be here for a while, and hopefully I’ll grow into that role.”
I’m starting to get into the Teixeira thing. I have my favorites on this Yankees team: Pettitte, Rivera, Posada, Jeter, Matsui, Wang, and Damon…but, as I have mentioned in the past, I’ve always been drawn to the Munson-Mattingly-O’Neill types. I like guys who are leaders, work hard, play with passion, not afraid, etc.
Teixeira just might be one of those guys. Now, that would be a sight for sore eyes, indeed.