Mark Teixeira gave a lesson in the value of hustling in the Yankees’ 10-3 win over the Red Sox Friday night.
The Yankees scored three runs in the first to take a 3-1 lead, the last two on a homer by Raul Ibanez. But it should’ve still been 1-0 Boston.
“I think Tex caused that inning to happen by his hustle,” Ibanez said.
Teixeira hit into what should’ve been an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play. But shortstop Mike Aviles was slow in turning it.
“Teixeira, you have to give him credit for running out that ball like he did, beating that double play,” Bobby Valentine said.
“I think it turned the game a little bit,” Joe Girardi said.
“With my speed, I always feel like I have a chance to beat it out,” Teixeira deadpanned.
Actually, this was ingrained in him a long time ago.
“I’ve always hustled,” Teixeira said. “My dad, when I was a kid, never got mad at me for striking out or popping up or making an error. But if I didn’t hustle, that’s when he would get on me. I think it’s just a lesson that I learned as a young kid.”
The little things can mean a lot.