Look, Adam McKay I am not. But I tried to get some video tonight of Mark Teixeira’s pre-appearance press conference at PNC Field. And I think I did OK.
Really hope you enjoy it.
If you don’t have six minutes to watch the whole thing, here are some highlights:
Do you get excited after all these years for spring training?
“It’s still so exciting. When you’re in the offseason, you feel like a normal person, which is great. But being the first baseman of the New York Yankees is a lot cooler. … After the Super Bowl, I’m ready to go to spring training.”
What were the origins of the gluten-free diet for you?
“My trainer, Ben Prentiss, in Stanford, Conn., I give him a lot of credit. I hired him last year. He went through my entire medical history, from all the way back in high school all the way til now, and one of the things he said I should change is my diet. I probably haven’t been this strong since my first few years in the league. The diet has helped.”
How frustrating was the end of last year?
“It’s definitely motivation for me, and I hope it’s motivation for the entire team. I had a freak injury, but it’s one of those things where you want to get better. You appreciate playing the game more when you’re out. I’ve taken every injury I’ve ever had in my career as a blessing, and I think, ‘How do I get better now? I think, at 36-years-old, I’m stronger than I was at 26. That’s because I work harder because of the injuries.”
How do you take injuries as a blessing.
“You don’t feel sorry for yourself. You’re playing big-league baseball. You can’t always be healthy. Every single team has injury problems. When something bad happens, you turn it into a positive. That’s really all you can do.”
Was the most recent injury more just a blip in the road compared to the wrist injury in 2013?
“Absolutely. This is nothing compared to the wrist. The wrist took me a year and a half to get over, and the doctor tole me, it’s going to heal in a year and you won’t feel good for another six months or a year. And he was right. … Last year validated all the work I put in.”
What kind of lift does a team get from having young guys who are experiencing success around?
“It’s huge. … You never know when your ace is going to go down with a shoulder or with Tommy John. That’s just the nature of our business. Show me a good team and I’ll show you one with a great Triple-A backstop. You have to have depth, because when your ace goes down or your number three hitter goes down, if you replace them with a bad player, your team is really going to suffer. But we had a few guys come up from Scranton and do a great job. look at Bird and look at Severino.”
Do you approach a season differently when it’s a contract year?
“No. Contract years are the same as any other year. I want to put up great numbers to help my team win. Whatever happens after the season will take care of itself.”
Does it seem like the seven years since 2009 have really flown by?
“Yeah. I almost feel like I just signed with the Yankees. We have a really good team and have a chance to bookend my Yankees career with a World Series, and that’s what I’m looking forward to this year.”