Mark Teixeira was interviewed before last night’s game by Denis Gorman of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He told the reporters that he enjoyed his time in Atlanta, but made it clear all along that he was going to maximize his free agent opportunity when they traded for him. Still, some in Atlanta seem to still harbor hard feelings over his departure:
Able to parlay his status as the premier position player available in free agency, Teixeira signed an eight-year, $180 million deal with the Yankees two days before Christmas
Grace Is Gone . It was widely panned as an example of fiscal irresponsibility. Along with Teixeira, the Yankees signed starting pitchers CC Sabathia ($161 million for seven years) and A.J. Burnett ($82.5 million for five) for the collective sum of $423.5 million.
Teixeira scoffs at the criticism.
I was completely up front with everybody. I was totally honest with everybody. This is a business, guys. Everyone knows the Yankees paid the most, Teixeira said. If somebody had a problem with the decision I made, because it was a family decision and a business decision, they can have their opinion. Thats fine. I made the best decision for me, and its worked out great.”
That is an understatement.
What a hypocritical subject to broach, or even imply in any way that he did something wrong. Of course he took the highest offer, who wouldn’t? I’ll bet that any of the reporters who asked him that question would leave the Atlanta Journal Constitution in a heartbeat for a NYTimes or TV gig that pays double. And the fans in Atlanta who will boo him for leaving would do the same thing if they had the chance.
What a bunch of phonies.
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