Now Playing For The NY Yankees, No. 25 Mark Teixeira

On Tuesday the Yankees formally introduced Mark Teixeira to the world. Mark put on the pinstripes for the first time with the No. 25 on his back. That's awesome becuase that now turns my old Jason Giambi jersey into a Teixeira jersey.

According to Tex, the Yankees were in the running the whole time and they were in contact all along, yet the only offer made was on December 23rd, the one Mark accepted.

“Once we got the contract figured out, it was a no-brainer for me,” he said.

I'm sure it's not hard to turn down $180 million. A lot of credit should go to Brian Cashman, the Yankees GM. He made a personal visit to Teixeira's home and convinced Mark and his wife Leigh to sign. Mark said his wife was the one who told him New York would be the best fit and so with the wife's approval Mark went ahead and told Cashman he was in. Much thanks to Leigh for making the right call.

Manager Joe Girardi says he will be thrilled to pencil Tex's name into the lineup everyday. Now the questions is, does he bat in front of or behind Alex Rodriguez. It's a good problem to have if you're Girardi and the Yanks.
“Most lineups will hate facing our pitching and most pitching will hate facing our lineup,” Tex says.

Another big day for the Yankees and they may not be done. When asked if they were done with the big signings for the winter, Cashman, Team President Randy Levine, and part owner Hal Steinbrenner all didn't give an answer, which leads us to believe there could still be more help on the way to the Bronx. We'll have to wait and see, but for now, the Yankees can feel very proud of their recent accomplishments, it will certianly put the Yankees as the team to beat in the American League.
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