Boras’s Secret Book on Mark Teixeira
You know how Scott Boras puts together those big fat books promoting his free agent clients – the ones he fills with gaudy stats and then hands them out to GMs? Well, I managed to get my hands on the book about Mark Teixeira. So exciting because I covet the guy for the Yankees almost as much as I covet CC.
But this one is more like a sweet little biography, giving us a glimpse of Mark’s personal side. Nothing at all about his offense.
Or his defense.
Nothing about the millions he’s worth to some team. This story focuses on the man, the person, the human being behind the hype. Warning: It’s so heartwarming it might make you cry.
It all begins with Mark Charles Teixeira’s birth in Annapolis, MD. The date? April 11th, 1980.
Yes, for those who follow astrology, that means he’s Aries, the Ram – a good thing to be for a ballplayer.
Mark, it turns out, is of Portuguese ancestry, which explains his interesting and hard-to-pronounce last name. Here are some Portuguese people. Can you spot the resemblance?
Neither can I, but maybe he’ll grow into his looks.
His mom, a schoolteacher named Margie, and his aerospace company executive dad, “Tex,” wanted their son to make it in professional baseball so badly that they gave him a bat when he was only a small child.
As a teenager, Mark played varsity baseball at Mount Saint Joseph High in Baltimore, a Catholic prep school where he learned how to respect his elders (and future managers).
He went on to play for Georgia Tech, home of the Yellow Jackets.
While it’s understandable that he rooted for the Orioles growing up, the player he totally worshipped was none other than our own Donnie.
You already know how Mark played for the Rangers, was traded to the Braves in ’07 and landed with the Angels last year. But did you know that he married a woman named Georgia Leigh Williams (cute that her name is the same as his university, isn’t it?) and that they have a son, Jack, and a daughter, Addison? They live in perfect harmony here.
Mark is such a quality person that, early on in his career, he established a charitable foundation to provide scholarships to Dallas/Forth Worth students.
When he’s not playing baseball and spending time with his family, Mark enjoys his two favorite hobbies.
Golf, of course. And hunting.
The book doesn’t say whether Mark kills deer or ducks or pheasants, but the main thing is he doesn’t strike me as someone who would stuff his animals and hang them over the fireplace.
Finally, Mark explains in the book that he has always wanted to live in New York and play for the Yankees. He says that he loves the pinstripes and can’t wait to trade his Angels cap for this one.
Oops. I meant this one.
your picture shows are funny, Jane
Thanks, levelboss. Since lots of others report the news of the day, I might as well have some fun. And doing this stuff is way easier than writing books.
if the Yankees pick up Manny (somehow), then i’d think you’d have fun picture shows galore!
Jane, great minds think alike. I just posted a Teixeira-to-the-Sox scenario after a Yankees fan e-mailed me yesterday to tell me that Teixeira would be in pinstripes on Opening Day.
BTW, I hate spelling his name. I have this i before e thing that prevents me from typing it at anything more than half-speed.
I think it’ll be a Dodgers blogger who ends up doing a picture story about Manny, levelboss. Unless I’m really delusional, I don’t see the Yankees signing him at all.
Funny that we both posted about Tex today, Steve. And yeah, it took me awhile to get that “e” before “i” thing down – but not as long as it took me to learn how to spell Mientkiewicz!
This is great. I’m not a Boras fan, but if I was ever to go to a negotiating table, there is no other agent I want fighting for me. Those books you brought up are legendary. Nice fun facts for Texiera, the one with the baby holding a bat is classic. I’m warming up to bringing him to NY, but I still want pitching. If it’s a choice between him and CC, I want Sabathhia.
I read that in his “real” biography about his parents giving him a bat and glove when he was a baby! They really wanted him to play pro ball. I agree with you about the choice, Rad. If I could only have one of them, I’d pick CC. But Tex is a close, close second.
Hey, Jane …
Looks like Mark Teixeira will be a “perfect” fit for the New York Yankees … Tex will settle our first base situation by being the Yankees first baseman for the next 7-10 years !!! … In my view, Tex, CC, and Abreu have always been the “top three” priorities for the Yankees to sign this winter … And, like I have said a number of times this past year, “money should ‘never’ be an issue in any move the Yankees want to make” … The Yankees should always look to sign the best players available, and spend whatever it takes to sign these players … I look forward to the 2009 Baseball Season … It will be fun watching the Yankees win their 27th World Championship … Great Post, Jane !!! … Jimmy [27NYY] … http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/
Hey, Jimmy. I think Tex would be a perfect fit too. It doesn’t seem like Abreu will be back though. I know you’ve been an advocate for keeping him, but I don’t think the Yankees have even talked to his agent. Could be wrong.
Mark Teixeira. I’ve been fantasizing about having him on the Yankees since he became available in Texas. Now, we finally have a real chance. Apparently Peavy’s gone, though.
I know, Neal! I’m trying not to get too excited in case Teixeira goes to the Red Sox or stays with the Angels, but we should totally be able to sign him. As for Peavy, hey, if he wants to be in the NL, best of luck to him. His loss.
Wow, that’s pretty epic. I think Jake likes the NL…maybe he wants to keep his AB’s. He wanted to have a higher batting average than ERA last year, but unfortunately, it didn’t work out.
Ha. Maybe Mothers Day you can get him in that hat, or any other Yankee.
Epic is right, kaybee. A saga! Yeah, Jake says he prefers the NL. I heard he’s narrowed it down to three teams: Cubs, Cardinals and Braves?
Actually, the Yankees have worn pink ribbons (or maybe it was arm bands?) for breast cancer awareness. But I don’t see any of them wearing the cap. Not in my lifetime, Jeremy.
So that’s the reason Mark Teixeira drinks so much Ice Tea, he’s Portuguese! I wonder if that truck in the background is headed for Westlake. That’s also I might cool tattoo Don Mattingly has…
Do Portuguese people drink iced tea? News to me, but thanks for the heads up, Aaron!
hi. I am full blooded portuguese and that pic of those ugly old people don’t even look portuguese, that old lady is super dark she looks more like a gypsy from spain. And i have never seen a flea market type of thing there especially with those products. LOL. i know quite a few portuguese hotties, Cristiano Ronaldo is definately one, Nelly Furtado is also full Portuguese and she is pretty cute and i am light skin with green eyes and don’t look nothing like those old people. I think portuguese look kinda italian actually. I just wanted to defend the portuguese race so people on here don’t think that portuguese people are all ugly and stuff lol. Oh and by the way I DON’T LIKE ICE TEA and don’t know any portuguese that actually do.. so that comment made no sense. Sorry.
Greetings from Portugal. I am a huge Yankees fan. I am honoured to be able to say that I watched 2 games a few years ago in old Yankee Stadium, and so help me God one day I will be back in the Bronx. I could be ofended by the picture and remarks that came along, but I prefer to say that we are a proud people, from a small European country that discovered half of the world out of the western corner of Europe. We are not ashamed of we are, were. I could sent quite a few portraits of north americans and compare them tou you blondie, but I prefer to end as I started. Greeting all Yankee fans and hoping we’ll be celebrating for the next weeks.