It’s been a resurgent season for Mark Teixeira and the first-place Yankees, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t get frustrated. A combination of Leonys Martin’s defense and an underzealous third-base coach had Teixeira taking out his anger on objects both animate and inanimate.
The Yankees beat the Rangers 6-2, but it easily could have been a better night for Teixeira. In the second inning, Martin went above the wall to rob him of a home run. And then in the eighth, Martin’s throw cut down Teixeira at the plate. Teixeira was decidedly pissed:
Teixeira was unhappy that third-base coach Joe Espada had told him he didn’t need to hustle home.
“There was no miscommunication,” Teixeira said between he and Espada. “Joe just told me, ‘Easy, easy,’ which means there’s going to be no play at the plate. It’s just a mistake.”
“That can’t happen,” he said. “I’m sure it won’t ever happen again. It can’t happen.”
Teixeira said he was particularly upset because he could have gotten hurt in a play at the plate when he wasn’t expecting one, and that “it was a big run” that would have pushed the Yankees’ lead to five.
Espada took full responsibility for misjudging the green light, and Teixeira is ready to move on. “I love Joe Espada,” Teixeira said, “he apologized and it’s over, but it was a big mistake.’’