Mark Teixeira has been waiting for this period in his life for the better part of 8 years or so.
Growing up in Severna Park, he always had visions of playing for the “home team” in Baltimore.
Now, at the 11th hour, the Boston Red Sox have become serious players in the effort to land the free agent first baseman.
Teixeira can sign with any team he wants. But he’s dropped numerous cryptic hints over the last 18 months that “geography” will play a key role in where he decides to put down his stakes. Baltimore is “home” – and for that matter, it’s even realistic for him to consider Washington “home” as well, since Severna Park really isn’t far from Washington DC.
Geographically speaking, what’s his connection to Boston? None.
If he signs in Boston, it will only prove that he’s a guy with little character.
I don’t know Mark Teixeira at all.
But I do know this: If he passes on Baltimore’s offer – or Washington’s for that matter (assuming both offers that have been publicized are, in fact, legitimate) – it will only prove that he’s a bad guy that we probably didn’t want in the first place.
I don’t know much, but I know that.