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Boston’s Reaction to Mark Teixeira

I’m unbelievably happy that the Yankees sneaked Mark Teixeira out from Boston’s Christmas Tree. Words can’t properly describe my excitement. I love the fact that my team is willing to take the money the make and invest it back in the on-the-field product.

Boston fans however, aren’t so enthralled by what the Yankees and Mark Teixeira have just done. After I settled down a little, I moved from reading constant Teixeira-to-New York coverage to reading comments on The Boston Globe’s online article about New York’s Teixeira signing. And needless to say, it’s entertaining. A week ago, and as recently as this morning, Boston fans across the country were praising Mark Teixeira as the second coming of Ted Williams.

And now this afternoon, he’s the second most hated person in the history of the world. Ahead of Hitler, but sitting just behind Alex Rodriguez. I collected some comments from Boston fans and thought I’d give my own opinion on them.

Typical Yankee BS…..hope he chokes on the extra cash. Reminds me of the Giambi signing, we all remember how that turned out.

Maybe a little bit, but Jason Giambi was one of the biggest beneficiaries from the Steroid Era. Mark Teixeira has put together his career entirely on talent, and unlike Giambi, is a superb defender. I guess just because two first basemen both get on base at a high clip and sign large contracts with the Yankees, that automatically makes them the same.

It’s time that a salary cap has to come in baseball. Even if it means that baseball falters and a new league has to start up. Nobody can compete with a team that has a bottomless pit of money.

So .. the best thing for baseball would be to create a salary cap, even if it makes the league collapse? Oh, and don’t let a team’s perceived financial limitations fool you. Every major league baseball owner has nearly unlimited funds, they just choose how much they’re willing to allocate for their team’s payroll.

There must be a plan. here is what i think it is:
Let Tek go… lay the prospects (Lowrie plus a pitcher) on Florida for Hanley. Press on.

Ah .. I see. John Henry passed on Mark Teixeira because he’s planning on trading Jed Lowrie (a backup infielder) and a pitcher to Florida for Hanley Ramirez. Unless that pitcher is Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson, Florida laughs as they tell Henry they’re sending him the phone bill. Press on!

CC Sabathia = Jose Contraras‚Ä®
AJ Burnett = Carl Pavano‚Ä®
Mark Teixeira = Jason Giambi

Jose Contreras was a Cuban defect, unproven in America. CC Sabathia is a workhorse Cy Young winner. CC Sabathia is also quite a bit younger than Contreras and doesn’t have to deal with language barriers.

AJ Burnett and Carl Pavano both came to the Yankees with significant injury problems, but Carl Pavano’s stuff and AJ Burnett’s stuff don’t even begin to compare. Pavano had one good season in a pitcher’s park and a pitcher’s league before cashing in. AJ Burnett has arguably the nastiest pure stuff in all of baseball and has shown extended success in the toughest of divisions in baseball.

Jason Giambi made his money by investing in steroids and hanging out with Mark McGuire a little too much. Mark Teixeira has an insane work ethic and has had success for three different teams, on talent alone. Jason Giambi always was and is, a one-dimensional player. Teixeira plays both sides of the ball equally well and projects better than Giambi ever did.

Sox have fallen behind Tampa Bay and now NYY. Time for something bold. How about:
Lowell, Bucholz, Del Carmen a pitching prospect and Bay to Texas for Josh Hamilton, Salty and Hank Blalock. Blalock could man 1B until Lars Anderson is ready, Yuk moves to 3B and Josh Hamilton to Left. Personally I think Hamilton is becoming the best player in the game, and IMO a bigger impact bat than Tex. One on par with Manny.

Here’s another brilliant trade proposal from one of Boston’s finest, I’m sure. Lowell is coming off surgery, has a no-trade clause and a burdensome contract, which gives him NO trade value whatsoever. Buchholz’s trade value is very low now, after a disastrous second half last year. Delcarmen is a middle relief pitcher, and they have no trade value either. So unless that pitching prospect is a combination of Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax and in-his-prime Greg Maddux, forget about it.

Buchholz, Bay and a pitching prospect might you Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but that package won’t even initiate conversations for Josh Hamilton. Too many fans assume that their team can get a really good player (or three in this case) for spare parts. They think that they can fool a team into the mindset of “OMG! We’re getting five players for three!!!!”

Josh Hamilton may very well be becoming the best player in the game, he’s certainly in the debate. But that’s just another reason Texas isn’t going to ship him up to Boston for an assortment of broken pieces.

They won with their homegrown talent, not free agents.

True, but I would argue that the Yankees won with the best players, regardless of where they came from. It just so happened that in the late 90s, they produced some very good homegrown players that helped them win championships. But they also had men that did not come up through the farm system.

Look at the Pirates. They seem pretty committed to homegrown players and they’re not exactly a title contender. It’s all in the players you have and the team you assemble, and it doesn’t make an ounce of difference whether those players are ones you drafted, or ones you signed.

You have teams that should be playing in little league and 3-4 that are going to actually compete every year

Good logic, but eight different teams have won World Series since 2000.

Teixeira is a howdy-doody character with the personality of a face cloth.

My face cloth and I have deep and meaningful conversations every morning in the shower.

tex’s #’s and sabathia #’s come mostly for the n.l.

This is a really good one. Sabathia has tossed a grand total of 130.2 of his 1659.1 career innings in the NL, while Mark Teixeira has 589 at bats in the NL as opposed to 2,825 American League at bats. And this same guy also pointed out the fact that “mucina’s” gone .. whoever that is.

And I can’t put my finger on it, talented or not, but Texeira would have bored the crap out of me.

And now he’ll beat the crap out of you.



These big name Yankees free agents ring a bell? Giambi, Randy Johnson, Bobby Abreu, A-Rod

Actually, not really. Of the four players listed above, only Jason Giambi was a big name Yankee free agent. The other three arrived in New York via trade.

Good, I don’t nkow how to spel that ahole’s last name neway

Probably because Teixeira is much harder than “know” or “spell”

I wont be surprised if they win 130 games.

I would be.

Santa just pooped in my stocking.

This one really has no bearing one way or the other, but I found it hilarious.

Mark Teixiera’s nipples.

That’s it?

But there are some rational Boston fans out there, as well:

Come on everyone. We all wanted him.

Yeah, you did.

If we got Sabathia, Burnett and Tex we would be dancing in the streets. Instead we are crying in our Sam Adams because once again the Yanks did what they needed to do to get back in the AL East. Don’t blame them for wanting to get better. When we spend money its fiscal responsibility. When the MFY do it its a Mortal Sin. I don’t get it. You cant have it both ways. Quit crying and be happy we have a team that competes EVERY year. We were one game from the World Series last year, we have one of the best farm systems in baseball and a great Front Office.

That’s probably the most accurate explanation I’ve seen from a Boston fan. No one complained when Boston outbids someone for a free agent (JD Drew, Matsuzaka) but when the Yankees do, everyone yells for a salary cap. Every team tries to improve their team, and they do it in the most effective way for them. Some teams develop young players while others spend the money necessary to bring in players that are already developed. The Yankees, and the Red Sox, spend a lot of money to make sure they’ve fielded a competent team.

This is what happens when an organization wins two world series in 90 years and think they have all the answers.