A-Rod, Mark Teixeira engage in bromantic mutual admiration society
Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira both smashed homers on Wednesday in the New York Yankees’ 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. And while their respective production this season couldn’t possibly have been predicted, the fact remains that both players have proven to be catalysts in an unlikely resurgence of the Bronx Bombers.
Both ballplayers, riding high on proving their doubters wrong, engaged in a bromantic mutual admiration society following the win, with A-Rod throwing Teixeira out there as a contender for a Most Valuable Player award.
“Three letters, he’s the MVP of the league,’’ Rodriguez told the New York Post Wednesday night before the Yankees’ win.
A-Rod’s high praise of his longtime teammate has some merit. As noted by the Post, Teixeira is fourth in the AL in home runs (24), third in RBIs (65) and fifth in OPS (.918).
“I can’t say enough about Tex,” A-Rod added. “To me, he’s the MVP of the league on both sides of the ball. [Wednesday] night he drove in four runs, two on offense and two on defense.’’
Teixeira, meanwhile, fired back the accolades right back at his teammate, who has batted .272 with 20 homers and 54 RBI in a season where virtually nothing was expected of him,
“Alex is a great teammate. He cares about winning. He’s a guy who is always willing to help out young players,” he said. “He’s been through as much or more as any player could ever go through on and off the field, so he brings a lot of experience to a team.’’
It goes without saying that the career resurgences of Rodriguez and Teixeira was not on the radar of most pundits and fans heading into the season. A-Rod was nearing 40 and coming off a one-year suspension and Teixeira was entering the season on the heels of several tremendously unproductive seasons, including an injury-plagued campaign in 2013 cut short by wrist surgery.
And yet, there are the surprising Yankees (52-41), sitting in first place in the AL East, leading the Blue Jays by 5.5. games, with the two battle-tested veterans leading the way. Who woulda thunk it, indeed.
(image via New York Post)