Monday, April 11, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mark Teixeira

Except for his birthday, Mark Teixeira probably considers April his least favorite month of the year.

After getting off to a promising, hot start with four homers and 10 ribbies in his first five games, Teixeira has gone hitless in his last 18 at-bats. Suddenly, Tex has to hear all about his annual April struggles again, magnified by the fact that the last three days of futility took place against the Boston Red Sox.

It’s got to be frustrating for Tex, especially since he put in so much work and changed his entire offseason routine in the hopes of getting off to a good start. But Joe Girardi isn’t worried about his first baseman (he has plenty of other issues with his team to be concerned about) and neither am I. Tex looked really good swinging the bat early in the week and he usually ends up having a good year regardless of how he starts off. And it’s not like he’s alone in struggling, with the entire New York Yankees lineup going cold against a rejuvenated Josh Beckett last night at Fenway Park.

At least Tex gets a day off and away from baseball for his birthday. I hope he enjoys it.

Happy Birthday, Tex!

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