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Tex did exactly what he wanted

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 15, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees Mariners BaseballHitters often say that the last thing they want to do is try and hit a home run.

Then there’s Mark Teixeira. He came to the plate in the top of the ninth inning tonight looking to put a ball in the seats and did just that as the Yankees came from behind to win yet again.

“No doubt. I have one thing in mind there,” he said. “When you have a good pitcher out there, you hope he makes a mistake. If he doesn’t give you that one good pitch, maybe you can walk and start a big inning. But I had one thing in mind and he left a pitch over the middle of the plate.

Mark Lowe left a 1-1 change-up high in the strike zone and Teixeira hammered it. He has 30 homers and 86 RBI with 46 games left to play. Teixeira deftly turned aside questions about his MVP candidacy, saying to ask him again at the end of the season. But he has been the best player on the best team.

His teammates were watching the replay of Teixeira’s homer and howled in laughter at the little hop he did when he hit the ball. “II don’t know where that comes from,” he said. “It’s a happy hop. I’m probably one of the most boring players in baseball. That’s all I can do for excitement.”

A few other notes and observations:

• Brian Bruney’s return to form (5 scoreless innings in his last 4 outings) is huge for this team. As Joe Girardi said, it gives the bullpen more length.

• Tonight was Mariano’s 900th appearance. Only 21 pitchers have appeared in more games. He seems to be over his cranky shoulder as he dispatched of the Mariners on nine pitches.

• The Yankees are 30 games over .500 for the first time since ending the 2006 season with 97 wins.

• Phil Hughes was marveling at facing Ken Griffey Jr. “I play his Super Nintendo video game every day when we’re at home,” he said. “Pretty cool.”

Junior walked in the bottom of the eighth inning as did Russell Branyan. But Hughes trusted his stuff and came back to strike out Jack Hannahan on a 3-2 pitch. It’s moments like those, I believe, that will help him become a great starter down the road. This experience has been great for Hughes, who is proving that, when healthy, he’s as good as his rep.

• This team has won 35 of 46. They’re a machine at this point.

Back it tomorrow. Thanks for staying up late.

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48 Responses to “Tex did exactly what he wanted”

  1. Abdababdaserser August 15th, 2009 at 2:06 am

    “It’s a happy hop. I’m probably one of the most boring players in baseball. That’s all I can do for excitement.”

    I love this guy.

  2. Carl August 15th, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Abdababdaserser August 15th, 2009 at 2:06 am

    “It’s a happy hop. I’m probably one of the most boring players in baseball. That’s all I can do for excitement.”

    I love this guy.

    That made me laugh. Happy hop.

  3. Dave August 15th, 2009 at 2:15 am

    http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb.....id=3882280

  4. Thomas August 15th, 2009 at 2:15 am

    Awesome game to be at! Another great win!

    Oh and by the way Peter… I was sitting in CF… that girl definitely wasn’t a young teenager… she was 21+, prob 22-26 range (clearly drunk) & pretty damn attractive!!

  5. Carl August 15th, 2009 at 2:16 am

    Dave August 15th, 2009 at 2:15 am

    http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb…..id=3882280

    No.

  6. Pel August 15th, 2009 at 2:19 am

    lol @ moving Jeter to CF

  7. Dave August 15th, 2009 at 2:23 am

    i like how it brings up that nomar will be better than jeter. espn sucks

  8. victor August 15th, 2009 at 2:23 am

    Wow, love them yankees, let’s carry this momentum all the way to the fall classic. Have not seen this kind of unity since the 90′s.

  9. james August 15th, 2009 at 2:23 am

    i love you man

  10. pat August 15th, 2009 at 2:26 am

    “The left-hander Damaso Marte reaches the end of his rehabilitation assignment this weekend, but Girardi said Marte was still not ready for the majors. “We’re not sure if he’s going to get there,” Girardi conceded. Marte, who allowed two hits in an inning Friday for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, has shoulder inflammation and has not reached 93 miles an hour consistently. …”

    Tyler Kepner/NYTimes

  11. you gotta have faith (aceves, you da man!) August 15th, 2009 at 2:30 am

    lol i love teix, and i love the hop bc that means he just hit a mammoth homer!

  12. JFK August 15th, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Marte was another brilliant Cashman signing. The guy pitches to a 5.40 era last year for the yanks and Cashman gives him a 3 year deal instead of just excercising his option for 1 year.

  13. Fran (the original) August 15th, 2009 at 2:39 am

    The Yankees just keep finding ways to win. They are great fun to watch.

  14. Tunnel Man August 15th, 2009 at 2:41 am

    MVP!

    MVP!

    MVP!

    MVP!

  15. Nick in SF August 15th, 2009 at 2:42 am

    “Nice bounceback performance by Andy.”

    From what?

  16. m August 15th, 2009 at 2:44 am

    I smile a little every time Teixeira does something special. I flash back to the blog over the winter, and how a few of us were too stubborn to give up on this guy. We knew, until he inked his name to a contract with another team, that there was still a chance for Yankee fans. We suspected that he really, really wanted to be a Yankee and that despite all the cries of poverty that the team really, really wanted Mark Teixeira to be a Yankee, too.

  17. Carl August 15th, 2009 at 2:44 am

    JFK August 15th, 2009 at 2:36 am

    Marte was another brilliant Cashman signing. The guy pitches to a 5.40 era last year for the yanks and Cashman gives him a 3 year deal instead of just excercising his option for 1 year.

    Yeah. Too bad it prevented us from signing Tex,CC,and AJ.

  18. m August 15th, 2009 at 2:46 am

    From the first inning, silly!

  19. Nick in SF August 15th, 2009 at 2:46 am

    And I will buy a heaping bowl of chowdah in a sourdough bowl if Zobrist finishes ahead of Tex in the MVP vote.

  20. '98 Revisited August 15th, 2009 at 2:48 am

    It is rare that someone can adapt to NYC as quickly as Tex has. He is also a really nice guy, someone who you can be proud to have on your team. He reminds me alot of a young Tino but with more power.

  21. Nick in SF August 15th, 2009 at 2:48 am

    m, sometimes I think you have your own baseball nomenclature.

  22. '98 Revisited August 15th, 2009 at 2:51 am

    No, Zobrist has no chance. But you might want to try that chowdah anyway. Its wicked good.

  23. pat August 15th, 2009 at 2:52 am

    Hopping, especially a “happy hop” has to be fine-able in Kangaroo Court.

  24. m August 15th, 2009 at 2:52 am

    Nick,

    While it’s true I live in my own little world (which I love btw), was it not a nice bounceback performance? 3 hits, 2 runs in the first inning. And then he ends up with 10 strikeouts and left team in a position to win?

  25. m August 15th, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Never mind.

    Andy really settled down.

  26. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 15th, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Well, the phrase “bounceback performance” would more commonly indicate that he was bouncing back from a prior poor performance. Your usage is not unprecedented, however, nor is it nonsensical.

    Andy, stuck at 9 wins… while Master Philip snags another.

  27. '98 Revisited August 15th, 2009 at 3:00 am

    m, well at least you can go to bed knowing that you developed your own unique “baseball nomenclature” whatever the hell that means.

  28. m August 15th, 2009 at 3:02 am

    ’98,

    I think jargon would’ve been the better term, but I always let Nick have the last word. :)

  29. Richie August 15th, 2009 at 3:03 am

    Teix was the most important acquisition of the offseason.

  30. Cash is King August 15th, 2009 at 3:04 am

    By the way that ESPN article about Jeter moving to CF was written in February.

  31. '98 Revisited August 15th, 2009 at 3:06 am

    If they think he is to slow to play short, why would they think he can cover a 408 ft center field?

  32. m August 15th, 2009 at 3:09 am

    Doesn’t seem like Jeter has any plans to move anywhere soon. Unless the Marriott he’s building is almost finished.

  33. The Ghost August 15th, 2009 at 3:09 am

    You know a lot of people are going to say Melky is struggling but he legged out a key 2 out base hit in the 5th, advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch and scored on Jeter’s seeing eye base hit to tie the game tonight. Not only that but he made a great catch in the outfield and missed a double by inches in the ninth. This guy never has the numbers but day in day out does something every game that helps the Yankees win.

  34. Nick in SF in Larkspur August 15th, 2009 at 3:11 am

    I wish that was really true.

    And I wish the chowdah on Fishermans’ Wharf was a better deal.

  35. Richie August 15th, 2009 at 3:16 am

    That actually brought a smile to my face, m.

  36. m August 15th, 2009 at 3:19 am

    Since our favorite poster’s not here, let’s give it a try:

    magic # for the division= 41
    magic # for the playoffs=??

  37. m August 15th, 2009 at 3:23 am

    Richie,

    Thanks. I wish everyone was so easy to please. :(

  38. m August 15th, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Would the magic # for the playoffs be 39?

  39. yanksince57-was this 1959 or was it 1965? August 15th, 2009 at 3:28 am

    perhaps a mite early :), but we have at least 10 players who could be rule V drafted – corona jackson kroenke noesi nova enunez russo schmidt texeira and whelan. anybody want to rank their chances of being put on the 40 man?

  40. Big Sky Yankee August 15th, 2009 at 3:42 am

    Man, that pitch was crushed. I was at the game and after it some mariner fans tried to pick a fight with me. One, right in front of me, left when his friend came up in the middle of the 9th and said “its over mariano’s coming in, lets go” God i wish a had a tape recorder, the red sox fan (next to me) and i laughed like it was funniest thing we’ve ever heard. Classic. best baseball experience ever. Mo, crushing rallies since ’96.

  41. bardos August 15th, 2009 at 4:16 am

    two things:

    1) boston looks just the slightest bit desperate with their revolving door players thru waivers and trade deadline moves.

    2) the dodgers look to be playing about .500 since manny.

  42. Abdababdaserser August 15th, 2009 at 7:47 am

    The Red Sox did come back big last night in their game. Imagine, though, having to use a pitcher to pinch run. They prevailed, but Buchholz ended up being out, seems they ran a risk.

    Pedroia called the Yankees sweep of them a wake up call. Huh?

  43. Annie Jay August 15th, 2009 at 10:55 am

    LOL @ “happy hop.” He’s so cute. Acquisition of Tex is one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. Our MVP for sure.

    Also, this is the best Yankee team I’ve seen since the very early 2000s, if not the 90s.

  44. Jersey Boy August 15th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Thank God the Mr. T did not go to the Sox’s. We have him now so cry, cry, cry Red Sox’s. How about Mo is he going to be ok or should we sit him down for a week?

  45. GGBG August 15th, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Wait…Tex is an MVP candidate?

    To hear ESPN tell it, Smoltz, Penny and Baldelli were MUCH more imporant additions this offseason! How could Tex – such an unimportant addition that he was overshadowed by the other three – be the MVP candidate?

    Can’t be that ESPN has a small Red Sox bias…can it?

  46. MIKE August 15th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I don’t get the arguement to move Jeter away from SS. I mean who exactly can we replace Jeter with? You can count with one hand the amount of superstar SS that are out there right now and the Yankees are getting none of them. Players like Hanley Ramirez, they have teams that are built around them, they are not going anywhere.

  47. Nate August 15th, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Peter calls Brett Gardner GGBG, I call Phil Hughes “Golden God Phil Hughes” and have for three years…finally he’s proving it. So young, so down to earth, and so fun to watch pitch.

  48. Anonymous August 27th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Dzi?kujemy za artyku?.?wietna robota

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