Friday, April 01, 2005

Beesball: "Big Tex"

Mark Teixeira is getting bigtime PR as the next big thing in baseball. Here's another story on the young Texas slugger. Interesting - every quote I hear from that guy has to do with winning.

"While we had a good year last year, we haven't accomplished anything," Teixeira said. "We're all here to win. Until we do that, we're not going to be satisfied. Guys play their whole careers for one chance [at the playoffs], but at the same time, I want to win every game I play.

"You're not satisfied until you win a World Series. I think every player will tell you that."

The usual Scott Boros reference rears its head as well:

Hart was not yet with the Rangers when they drafted Teixeira as a third baseman out of Georgia Tech with the No. 5 overall pick in 2001. He might have been picked even higher, but with Scott Boras as his agent, some teams were concerned about how much it would cost to sign him.

Teixeira probably would have been a top draft pick out of high school in 1998 if he had not made it clear that he planned to attend college. The Red Sox drafted him in the ninth round nonetheless, but Teixeira wasn't swayed and went to Georgia Tech, where he was Baseball America's College Player of the Year as a sophomore.

"It's the best move I ever made," he said.

Hear that recruits? Going to Georgia Tech was the best move Mark Teixeira says he ever made. Think about that when you consider the Jackets!!!!