In an interview with B The Site published today, Mark Teixeria talks about Baltimore, his free agent courting, and crab cakes. The most interesting part of the interview, for me, was this (emphasis mine):
Baltimore fans accused you of turning your back when you signed with the Yankees in ’09. Has that relationship improved with time?
I’m a Baltimore guy. I’ve always loved Baltimore and always will love Baltimore, but baseball is baseball, and when you’re playing on the opposing team, you’re going to get booed. The day I stop getting booed in opposing parks, I’m probably on the bench and not playing that well. At the same time, it’s unfortunate that some Oriole fans take it personal that I didn’t sign with the Orioles. Of the five offers I received, the Orioles were by far the lowest offer and I don’t know if they were ever that serious about signing me. We had one meeting and that was it. I’m not sure if they were ever very interested.
So, as much as we hate Teixeira around these parts nowadays (if he wasn’t going to sign with the O’s, could he at least have signed with ANYBODY else besides Boston or New York?), our suspicions that the O’s “offer” to him was nothing but a bone thrown to the fans was pretty much confirmed today. That bone allowed Peter Angelos and Andy MacPhail to say “hey, we tried,” while, of course, not trying at all.
The O’s never had any intention of bringing Mark home.
Good thing they didn’t sign him. That money is going to much better use in the bank accounts of the likes of Garrett Atkins, Michael Gonzalez, Kevin Gregg, and Vlad Guerrero, right?
Sorry to open up old wounds here. I’ll of course still boo Teixeria as lustily as ever, as I’m sure you will too. Just don’t forget who the real villains are here – the nincompoops in the Warehouse.