Drew’s View — Story of the opener: Tex’s miserable day

April 06, 2009 | Drew Forrester

A decade from now, when Mark Teixeira is in the November of his career, nothing will change the facts of today.

No matter what happens over the next 8 years in pinstripes, history will show that Teixeira’s career in New York started with a colossal turd, as he went 0-for-4 and had the game on his bat in the 8th inning of the 10-5 loss to the Orioles.  

When the $180 million man couldn’t keep the inning alive, his day ended the way we all dreamed it might.  

Mark Teixeira was the story of today’s opener.  

And, he was the goat.

Booed loudly in the pre-game introductions, Tex trotted through the line and gave fist-bumps to his new teammates.  It was all fun and games right around 3:55 pm.  Tex giggled and smirked.  Jeter, Damon, Posada et al gave him playful shoves as if to say, “Yeah, big boy…they’re booing YOU…but you make more per-at-bat than 50% of the people in the stadium make in a year.”  

It was all fun and games until the 8th inning when the game was on the line and the former Mt. St. Joe star couldn’t get the job done with his bat.

Poetic justice.

Obviously, by season’s end, it’s going to be Teixeira getting the last laugh.  His team will be well above .500 and, most likely, competing for a playoff spot.  Unless something wacky happens, Tex will put up big numbers and draw comparisons to his boyhood idol, Don Mattingly. 

The Orioles, on the other hand, are likely to wallow through a difficult year and be battling for 4th place around Labor Day.

Teixeira will wind up the winner when it’s all said and done.

But, he wasn’t today.

His team lost.

And Teixeira – as they say in tennis – had the game on his racket and couldn’t get a serve in when he needed it most.

With the entire crowd dreading that inevitable moon shot to give the Yankees an 8-6 lead, Teixeira couldn’t produce when called upon.

No matter what happens in the future, history was made today.

In the first game of his Yankees career, Teixeira was the goat instead of the hero.

Nothing he does can change that.

Let the scoreboard reflect the genuine result of day one:  O’s 10 – Yankees 5

Let history reflect how it happened:  Mark Teixeira failed to produce in the clutch.

In Baltimore, no less.

We wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.