Here we are, live from my sister’s living room watching the Mark Teixeira press conference. Sudden Sam Borden is on hand for The Journal News in the Bronx.
1:11 p.m.: Joe Girardi has presented Teixeira with his uniform. Randy Levine, Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman spoke first.
1:12 p.m.: Teixeira got No. 25. It seems The Big G won’t get it retired.
1:13 p.m.: Randy Levine always has a good tan. … You think the Yankees get a discount on those flowers they give to the wives of new players?
1:16 p.m.: Teixeira says Don Mattingly was his favorite player. That will play well with the masses.
1:14 p.m.: Tex say he wants to win the World Series. That’s a relief.
1:15 p.m.: Now comes the general questions from the media. Very rarely do any of the actual baseball writers ask questions at this time, we save them for later. Usually only the TV and radio types ask questions during the formal part of the press conference.
1:17 p.m.: Teixeira says the process was confusing. But he and his wife decided they wanted the Yankees. “Once we got the contract figured out, it was a no-brainer for me,” he said.
Right, that $180 million was just a detail.
1:19 p.m.: Joe Girardi will love Tex. Short hair, family man, nice guy, military father. He’s a perfect Girardi player.
1:20 p.m.: “Most lineups will hate facing our pitching and most pitching will hate facing our lineup,” Tex says.
1:21 p.m.: The formal part of the press conference has ended. Back with some more later, including the photos.